While I was out, two big things happened for me. One was my FOURTH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY followed by the 52nd birthday of my beautiful wife who has taken the role of Mrs. Nurse Dark and Lovely as I get better.

God is good.
I never thought I'd get married again after becoming a widower. Now I wonder where I would be without her courage, strength, love and leadership. As Blood, Sweat and Tears said, "you have made me so very happy; I'm so glad you came into my life."
We have been to the Bahamas, Jamaica, France and the Netherlands. This is us heading to the Anne Frank house via riverboat. An amazing, moving and poignant experience. Gotta rep my alma mater overseas, of course.
FIN/Fellas, please exercise with your woman. Heart attacks is the number one killer of Black women, in particular.

Thank you Mrs. Dark and Lovely.

Four years and infinity to go!
*heart attacks are*

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