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The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 1/23/2014, 2:25 p.m.

If that wasn’t enough, I also heard that a special dinner was served at some point in the evening, between all of the browsing, cooing and conversing. On the menu was chicken pot pie, barbecued beef, sweet onion pie, grits, Brussels sprouts and biscuits. Yuck! What is sweet about onion pie? Brussels sprouts, please. The combination of barbecued beef and chicken pot pie sounds like yin and yang to me. C’mon, serve one or the other but not both—and not with grits. Can it get any worse? Sounds like whoever prepared this menu had one too many—I don’t know one too many of what, but whatever it was, it was definitely funky. Just pass around the biscuits.

On to more delightful topics. So how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? I’ve managed to finally fulfill a resolution that I made years ago but was never able to get off the ground until now. I am drinking more water, and I mean lots of it. Blame it on the holiday wines that left me dehydrated, but whatever the impetus, I’ll take it. Once I got started, it became easier and easier to drink water, and now I drink it all of the time. I was at a gathering the other evening where one of the guests was actually drinking a glass of water instead of the usual pass around drinks and it looked so refreshing that I was salivating. I’ll leave out some of the gory details—like how I had to go to the bathroom all day long—but the best part is, I am losing weight. Hot digity, I got to bag it up!

All is pretty quiet on the local scene. Everyone is tucked in, warm and snuggly as the weather has been too erratic: arctic cold one day, warm the next and, overall, just one grey day after the next. Reflections on the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were the order of the day this past week. Did you know that King was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement?

King was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta and was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn. He married Coretta Scott King in 1953 and had been married 15 years when he died in 1968.

Amongst the many awards he received during his lifetime were the Noble Peace Prize, Time’s Person of the Year, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal, Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, Spingarn Medal, Margaret Sanger Awards and Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards.

He was the father to Dexter Scott King, Yolanda King, Bernice King and Martin Luther King III. Martin Luther King Jr. was a graduate of Morehouse College (1944-48), Crozer Theological Seminary (1948–51) and Boston University (1954–55).

Well, maybe you did know all of that, but did you know that when he was born, he was named Michael but later changed his name from Michael to Martin after his father adopted the name Martin in honor of the Protestant leader Martin Luther? Peace be still.