Season 3 It Is.

Friends, how are you doing so far this week?  Can you believe that we are near the end of September?  Autumn/Fall has officially arrived.

I know that you are curious about today’s blog title.  Here’s the story behind it.  As you know, after being on a six week hiatus, the show returned to the “Tube” a couple of Saturdays ago.  I called it Season 16, Episode 1.  Well, this past Saturday night as I was drifting off to sleep, it occurred to me that I should separate the radio broadcasting time and experience from the YouTube show (even though it’s practically the same only adding the visual component).  The YouTube channel was started back in 2009 and although I initially planned to merge it with the radio show, it never quite happened.  The channel for the most part laid dormant for years.  Fast forward to 2018 when the radio show was dropped, I relaunched the YouTube channel to carry on with what I enjoy doing.

Alright, so the blog title refers to how I will now document my shows on YouTube.  The first show for the season was Episode 1 of Season 3.   Again, three (3) representing the official YouTube experience beginning in 2018/2019 video broadcasting season.  The world is changing you all right before our eyes.  I decided to change with it.  I would have never thought that internet broadcasting would be just as popular as radio and television but it is.

Stay with me on this journey my friends and many thanks for the continued support.  Keep the prayers coming as I will also do for you.  Be Blessed!  Amen.  And so it is!

(Side note:  Not only is it Fall/Autumn but it’s also International Clean Hands Week my friends!  I know.  How timely.  Click here for more ways to keep your hands clean.)

The next show will be up this Saturday, September 26th, 2020 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  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.  Peace.

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Season 16.

Hello there everyone.  I hope that you are having an amazing week!

Did you take some time to tune in to the first show of this new season?  As I shared last week, I had lots of nervous energy leading up to the actual recording of the show.  However, once I got going, I relaxed a bit and truly enjoyed being back on the “Tube” informing and sharing with you all.

It was Episode 1 of Season 16 because April of this year ushered in the 16th year of the show’s broadcast.  This doesn’t include the 3 years that I worked as a radio dj/announcer in the early 1990s.  Yes, I was.  And, yes, I still know how to get a party started!  LoL!  Of course, as time marched on, I evolved into a talk show host.  Listen, being a black woman in talk radio was not a cake walk.  And, as we say in broadcasting, that’s a “whole nother” show or series of shows.  Well, this season expect more interaction– visible and audio.  And, as you saw/heard, Passion for Fashion is baaaaackkkk!!!

Okay everyone.  Thank you so much for continuing to tune in each week with the show.  I truly appreciate your prayers and support.  Have an awesome rest of the week and Be Blessed!  Amen.  And so it is!

Side note:  Did you like my new t-shirt that I was wearing?  Get yours today by becoming a friend.  Click here.

The next show will be this Saturday, September 19th, 2020 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  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.  Peace.

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Replenish and Subdue.

Well, here we are friends in the double digit days of September already.  Labor Day has come and gone.  Most all the children, college students, and their instructors have returned to school or work.  In the midwest, summer has begun to bow to Autumn; and, we’ve been experiencing comfortable temps, and rainy, yet beautiful days.

So, this week’s blog will close out my thoughts on how we can apply Genesis 1:28 in all areas of our lives with the focus on “Replenish and Subdue”.   I will not spend any time on ”…and have dominion over…” because I believe it’s meaning is explicitly and implicitly clear.   Honestly, so is to “replenish and subdue”.  But again, so that we can help ourselves and others become self-sufficient, here it is.  I believe our Creator is not just referring to filling the earth with more humans/mankind as well as taking care of earth and the lives created.  God wants us to “replenish”/fill by utilizing the gifts, skills, creative ideas we’ve been given so that we can have all that we need and want (spiritually and materially) to live a blessed life.

We are to “subdue”/control/manage OUR individual gifts, creative ideas, skills to not only bless our own lives but the lives of others too.   Note that we are to “subdue” OUR lives, etc.—not the lives of others.  Now, that behavior comes from another entity, not GOD!  And sadly its responsible for all the “isms” that we are in the process of eradicating to this day.   “Replenish and Subdue” YOUR life and bless others!

Okay everyone.  That is all I have for you today.  I can’t say it enough.  Self-sufficiency is attainable.  Again, simply do what God said—“Be Fruitful And Multiply” and “Replenish and Subdue”.   Be Blessed!  Amen.  And so it is!

Side Note:  I am starting to feel nervous energy as I approach the first broadcast day for the new season of the show.  Keep me in your prayers and click here to become a friend to the show!

The show will return for a new season this Saturday, September 12th, 2020 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  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.  Peace.

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And Multiply.

Happy September friends!  Labor Day weekend is just a couple of days away.  Be sure to stay safe everyone by social distancing and wearing your mask!

Well, this week’s blog is a continuation of last week’s message–Be Fruitful.  This command comes from the bible book of Genesis and the words that follow are “And Multiply”.  Now, some of you will argue that God was solely referring to procreation but I beg to differ.  You see our Creator is simple and complex.  Yes, he wants millions more Marilyns walking this earth (I know most of you are feeling elated at the thought of that!!! *LoL*)   God specifically wants mankind to multiply (beyond learning and mastering your arithmetic–multiplication facts *LoL*).  However, he also wants EVERYTHING that he has given us to multiply!  He commanded mankind to “Multiply”.

Have you discovered or helped someone discover the creative ideas/thoughts, gifts, talents, etc. that God has gifted you/them?  Well, now, it is time to take those seeds/fruit and “Multiply” them.  Can you draw?  If so, draw something unique and wonderful. Have it reprinted so that you can sell the drawing to more people.  Does your family and friends love the cookies that you bake on special occasions?  If so, make “multiple” batches of them and sell them!  Are you good at persuading or convincing people to do something?  Well, find something to sell and convince “multiple” people to make a purchase.  What idea(s) has God dropped on you that you keep shrugging off or dismissing?  Put those idea(s) to work and “Multiply”.  Your seed/fruit must “multiply”.

Friends, remember what we are talking about here—self-sufficiency.  It is attainable.  Become Blessed so that you can ultimately bless others so that they can become “Fruitful and Multiply”.  Again, all you have to do is what God said—“Be Fruitful And Multiply”.  Amen.  And so it is!

Side Note:  Speaking of multiplying.  School has begun and school supplies are still needed even with the distant learning or online learning that many are experiencing.  Click here for arithmetic helps and other school supplies. 

Remember, the show will return for a new season right after Labor Day!  In the meantime, check out older shows here https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  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.  Peace.

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Be Fruitful.

Hello everyone!  I truly hope that you are experiencing a great week.  I realize that some of us have had to deal with a lot in the past week, personally and as a member of the world community.  My prayer is that you overcome the negative feelings and continue to do your part to help make your life and community in general, better.  I also send prayers to the family of Jacob Blake and all whose lives have been affected.

Listen, last week’s blog encouraged you to “Stay Up” so today I’m going to offer another reason why you should.  Be Fruitful.  God said it!  Be Fruitful.  He did not ask us to.  He commanded us to “Be Fruitful”.  While “being fruitful” has a couple different aspects, the one that we will focus on is being “financially and materially productive”.  Yes, God wants us to be “productive” friends.  And, again, he has given each of us something that will help us achieve it.

In the last blog, I encouraged you to “search” yourself so that you can discover hidden creative thoughts, gifts, talents, etc. that you could further develop or put to use to help you improve your life or the lives of others.  Let’s call the creative thoughts, gifts or talents– seeds.  Your seed is anything that God has gifted you that can be traded for something else—that “something” can be tangible or intangible.  Does your seed make your life or the life of others’ better/easier?  Does your seed cause others to smile?  Does your seed help someone else discover their seed(s)?   You know, we would not have been instructed to “Be Fruitful” if we had not been supplied with the seed(s) to do so.  By the way, the seed(s) that come from God bring about positive productivity.

Friends, what are your seed(s)?  I know that this question may not apply to some of you because you have discovered yours and are now thriving.  However, this blog may inspire you to help someone else on their journey to self-sufficiency (and I use this term loosely because we are all inter-dependent).  I choose to “Be Fruitful” and to help others discover the precious seed(s) that God deposited in them so that they can live productive lives.   Be fruitful my friends!  Amen.  And, so it is!

[Side Note:  Speaking of seeds.  It is time to start planning for next Spring’s flower garden.  I think that I will have another tulip garden.  How will you beautify your yard?  Get your perennial seeds in the ground now by clicking here.]

The show will return for a new season right after Labor Day!  In the meantime, check out older shows here https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  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. Peace.

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Stay Up!

Stay Up!

 

Friends, it has taken a couple days for me to get this blog done.  I went back and forth on what the topic should be and finally decided to address the elephant in the room.  How do you “stay up” in a down world?  I asked that question because recently I have been bombarded with bad, sad stories.  People are suffering all over this country and many are being told that they cannot be helped!  So, again, I ask, how do you stay up in what appears to be a down world?

First and foremost, you must remain positive!  Despite the bad reports about how bad things are, know that its just half the story.  Dig deep and focus on the good in the world, in your community, in your life.  Do not, I repeat, do not internalize the negativity.  Keep positive uplifting, encouraging, forward moving people around you.

Secondly, do not allow yourself to succumb to fear.  Remember, God did not give “his people” the spirit of fear so fear has no place in your life!  Have you already allowed fear and worry to creep in?  Well, replace that fear with your faith and get to work.  Why do I say get to work?

Here it is.  The work will be whatever it takes to make your situation better and, prayer precedes it.  Yes.  Here I go again,  Pray and believe!  Command your day!  Ask God to order your steps. Speaking of steps, step up your job search or business plan.  Reach out to others for assistance.  While waiting for your job/business opportunity/assistance, search yourself.  What other gifts, talents, or skill-sets do you have that you can put to work right now to bring on productivity?  We all have something! Also, schedule your days so that you can stay on track.  And, know the difference between being busy and being productive.

I realize that it is getting real for some.  However, you all, the choice is ours.  Are we going to “stay up” or are we going to allow the current negative state of things bring us down?  I choose “up”!  And I choose to be the person that will keep you “up” because I know that God wants to, has, and continues to Bless.  Be Blessed my friends and Stay Up!  Amen.  And so it is!

Note that the show will return for a new season right after Labor Day!  Remember that you can always visit https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety to view older shows.  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 take a look at the all new marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Another Checklist.

Friends, this is a friendly reminder.  Do not lose momentum in the fight for racial, economic, and social justice for blacks and people of color in America.  Do not allow your flame to fizzle out.  Here is a checklist of basic actions that you as an individual can take to do your part.

*Pray and meditate

*Educate yourself on the issues

*Join one of the causes or movements

*Donate to an organization(s) that has been in the forefront of these issues

If you lead a corporation, business, or organization—

*implement and commit to hiring practices that are truly fair and equitable

*implement and commit to pathways for promotions and growth that are fair

*commit to creating a culture of zero tolerance of discrimination, prejudice, and bias

*commit to doing business with black owned businesses, vendors, etc.

*commit to appointing african-american board members

*donate to organizations that advocate for the advancement of black people

Lastly, if you witness a discriminatory act of any form, report it!  Say something!  Also, stop intentionally or unintentionally participating in those micro-aggressive actions towards blacks and other people of color.   And, shame on anyone black who’s guilty of this jerky behavior towards his own or any people. It’s sickening.

Friends, remember, the spirit behind it all was defeated a long, long time ago!  All we have to do is remind it of this truth.  Amen.  And so it is!

Reminder, the next show will broadcast later in the month of August.  However, you can always visit https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety to view older shows.  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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Checklist.

Everyone, despite this pandemic, economic shift, change, and time-out, we still have to continue to strive for success. Here is a checklist of basic daily things that we can do to help ourselves reach our success goals in life, love, business or work.

*Pray and meditate

*Exercise

*Eat/drink healthy

*Review and revise your plans, goals, dreams

*Learn something new

*Do something creative

*Go outside to play

*Stay connected socially

*Love on somebody/bodies

*Help somebody/bodies

*Stay thankful/grateful

*Get sleep

Sounds familiar?  It should.  I’ve shared similar checklists over the years via the broadcast or this blog.  Keep in mind that repetition is a good way to strengthen learning and to establish good habits.  Friends, these are the basics.  Everything else you achieve beyond this list is the “icing on the cake”, the “cherry on top”, or as our Heavenly Father puts it, “your cup running over”! Amen.  And so it is!

Remember, the next show will broadcast later in the month of August.  However, you can always visit https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety to view older shows.  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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Good Trouble!

The Honorable U. S. Congressman John R. Lewis was laid to rest today.  Friends, we all know that he was a legendary civil/human rights leader who dedicated his entire life to advocating for, protecting, as well as advancing the rights of blacks in America.

I know that I talked about and honored him along with Rev. C. T. Vivian a couple of weeks ago on the show but after viewing the televised service of Representative Lewis, I decided to emphasize one thing.  One of his famous quotes, “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.”

I gleaned something from all of the speakers at his service but Reverend James Lawson’s oratorical contribution to the service was particularly enlightening.  Inspiring.  Compelling.  Impactful.  Clarifying.  Find and view his video clip from the service to get re-educated and then go get in some “Good Trouble”.

If you are not sure what “Good Trouble” looks like, just take a good long look at John Lewis’ life.  His life was exemplary of Faith and Love in action which shook things up and caused “Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble”.  Groundbreaking legislation, laws, and policy were passed in the United States because of he prayed and then got to work.

Everyone, lets continue to carry the torch; baton; mantle of John R. Lewis, C. T. Vivian, Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. and all the others who have fought to make the United States of America better, to make life for Blacks in America and people of color better. As we strive to live a Golden Life, let’s also get into some “Good Trouble”.  Amen.  And so it is!

Remember, the next show will broadcast later in the month of August.  However, you can always visit https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety to view older shows.  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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Feel Better!

Friends, did you know that nature, God’s creation, has a tremendously positive effect on your health?

You can help regulate your blood sugar levels by as much as 45% just by watching the sunset 20 minutes each evening.  Researchers at the University of Connecticut revealed that the fresh air coupled with the beautiful view literally slows the adrenal glands production of cortisol which is a stress hormone.  Feel Better!

I love flowers!  I mean just gazing at them and smelling them causes me to feel pleasant.  Well, there’s a science behind it!  Britain’s University of Essex researchers found that just looking at colorful blooms for as little as 2 minutes will stimulate your brain’s frontal lobe causing it to release increased bursts of energizing beta waves which help us feel at least 35% better, sharper, focused.  Feel Better!

Do you have an upset stomach or just feeling queasy on a hot summer day?  Well, go hug a tree!  Or at the very least sit under one.  Why you ask?  According to British researchers, just stretching out under a shade tree for 10 minutes could ease your stomach troubles by 82%.  How?  Apparently the smell and sound of the rustling leaves have a soothing effect on the nervous system which causes any painful intestinal muscle spasms to stop.  Feel Better!

We all know that warm and fuzzy feeling we get when we hear and/or watch the rain fall, right?  Factor in the smell of a fresh rain fall and our moods can boost by 50% in just 15 minutes.  Scientists at Columbia University have found that rainstorms causes our brain neurons to release serotonin.  For those who don’t know, serotonin is a chemical that causes us to be well and happy.  Feel Better!

Hello!!!  Can you come outside to play?!!!  Friends, find a friend and go enjoy God’s gift to humans—nature.  Remember, our first earthly home was a beautiful garden.

Feel Better everyone.  And, remember, life really is—- Golden!!!  Amen.  And so it is!

Tune in this Saturday, July 25th, 2020 to the next broadcast 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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