Take Care of Yourself

Hey there.  I know that you all have heard the salutation or expression, “Take care of yourself” before, right?  But have you really taken it to heart?

You all, now, more than ever, we need to “take care of ourselves”.  We must be responsible for ourselves spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically.  I’ll share more about what that looks like on the next show.   Until then, “take care”.

Join me this Saturday, May 30th, 2020 on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Changes

Hello there my friends.  I apologize for the delay in getting this posted.  I got distracted with some other projects and dropped the ball on completing this one!  Anyway, here we are.  I hope that you have been experiencing a wonderful week.

Remember that beautiful song entitled, “Everything Must Change” that was written and sung by Bernard Ighner, and produced and released by Quincy Jones in the early 1970s?  Since then, many others have released their own rendition of it.  I particularly enjoy listening to George Benson’s version.  Hmmm.  Changes.

The appearance of the novel coronavirus has forced our world to change in incredible ways—

How we as humans interact and socialize;

How we move around in public spaces and places;

How we do business and work;

How we educate and learn.

Now, what some once said was impossible is now possible and in many cases, necessary.  Work from home is now common place; television network and local broadcasters broadcast from home; religious and worship services only stream online now; choirs, musical groups, and musicians sing together via video from their own respective homes.  Wow!  Changes.

Friends, undoubtedly in life in general, we will experience natural and unnatural, physical, business, work, relationship, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual changes.  The song mentioned above has a line in it that says “There are not many things in life you can be sure of except that rain falls from the sky and sun lights up the sky and hummingbirds do fly.”  Well, I beg to differ.  One other thing that does not and will not ever change is God and his love for his creations and children.  And, no matter what kind of change we experience in life/the world, he will always make it (change it) for our good/benefit!

Changes.  Oh boy!  I could go on about other kinds of “changes” but I’ll just leave this right here.  Have a safe and healthy Memorial Day Weekend everyone!

The next show date is set for Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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A Whole New World

Hey there.  How are you?  Are you going stir crazy like me?

Well, if you are, I hope that it’s in a good way.  After shopping for some essentials today, I took a short walk to take the edge off.  It really got the endorphins going and felt good.

In my state, we are all still sheltered in place for the most part.  By the end of the month, we will be able to go out to retail stores and restaurants to shop but with limitations.  Social distancing protocols will be in place; and we will have to wear masks as well.  Hmmm. Why do I hear Disney’s Aladdin song, “A Whole New World”, in my head?  You know, we keep hearing that this world will not be the same due to Covid 19.  Will the changes be similar to the post 911 changes or more drastic?  Only time will tell.

In the meantime, let’s stay focused everyone.  Grieve. Rest.  Regroup.  Then, get back to achieving whatever it is you’d like to.  Get your 10,000 plus hours in.  And, remember to be a blessing to others in the process.

As always, I pray that you continue to stay safe and be well.

The next show date is set for Saturday, May 16th, 2020 on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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This…

Hello everyone.  I hope that you all are doing well and staying safe.

Well, for me the last 4 weeks have been emotionally draining.  In the last week, my family and I funeralized and laid my father to rest.  He transitioned on Tuesday, April 14th, but due to the mayhem of COVID 19, we were not able to take care of all of this until just last week/weekend.   Also, we could not have a normal funeral service because only 10 people at a time could be with him; everyone had to wear protective gear (masks, gloves, etc.) as well as stay at least 6 feet apart.   It all seemed so impersonal—soo unlike my father.

For those of you who have been with me and the radio show for some time, you know that I have shared parts of my life over the years with you all.  One part that I shared was that my parents divorced when I was 8 or 9 years old.  As a result, me and my siblings were co-parented.  We lived with our mother but spent weekends, alternate holidays, and summers with my father.  Here’s much more…

My father was born on August 16, 1934 in Canton, MS to Florida B. and Wallace May Sr.  He was third youngest of twelve.  He attended Cameron St. High School and Alcorn State University.  He also served in the United States Military (as he was quick to point out, non-combative, just in communications) and was honorably discharged. My father received Christ at an early age although over the course of his life, you rarely found him in a church. However, you better know that he was a true believer. He was a dedicated member of the Elks Lodge most of his adult life. He worked for a furniture company in Canton, Mississippi before migrating to Chicago, Illinois to work for Ford Motor Company.  He was a Line Supervisor when he retired in 1998 after 30 years of service.  We still marvel at the fact that he never owned a car.  After retirement, he enjoyed travelling between Chicago, IL and Canton as well as other places in the United States.

He married twice in life.  First to my mother, then years later after another special relationship ended; he met and married his wife of the last 37 years of his life, Nervine.  He also loved his children (I’d like to think especially me, his shadow lol), grandchildren, and others. My father was a real man who cooked.  I remember enjoying his delicious breakfast and dinner meals. He also enjoyed working with his hands, as carpenter, gardener, and player of his imaginary piano. When I was younger, he told me that he could actually play the piano (just a little bit) at one point in his young life.  You see, his mother was a prolific pianist as were some of his sisters.  He loved singing too as well as listening to jazz.  His love for music was second to none.

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My father told us that when he was younger, one of his favorite past times was baseball so he played in and later coached a team for a time while still in Mississippi.  So fast forward to life in Chicago, every summer, he would often gather us and our friends along with other children in the neighborhood to take us to play softball.  We also enjoyed many skating trips too.

He had numerous friends and was instantaneously loved by all that he met, young and old.  Everyone enjoyed talking with him and just being in his company.   No, he was not a rocket scientist, supreme court justice, nor perfect- but we love him unconditionally as he is/was. This, is not easy.  We are grateful for the love memories and along with my mother and brother, will miss him so much.

Well, continue to stay safe and be well.

The next show date is planned for  Saturday, May 9th, 2020 on  https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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