Be-ing

“To be or not to be, that is the question…”.

Hey everyone.  I hope that you’re having a meaningful week.  This quote from a speech that a character in William Shakepeare’s play, “Hamlet”, is questioning the meaning of life.  Of course, those who are more familiar with the play know that there is a deeper, even darker contemplation at work in the soliloquy’s entirety.  However, for the sake of this blog point, I will just focus on the opening line; and my initial brief explanation.

The meaning of life is “to be”.  “To be” who you were created to be with all your unique, special gifts and talents.  To beCOME “who” you essentially are as spiritual OR divine human beings (givers, healers, teachers, pastors, encouragers, leaders, exhorters, administrators, etc.) as well as “what” you are as human being (professions, entrepreneurs, skilled workers, husband, wife, etc.).  Note that who you are innately can and should determine what you beCOME.

“To be” is our ultimate gift.  Life.  Life more abundantly.  Respect it.  Protect it.  Never neglect it.  Love it.  Enjoy it.  Yours and others.

Friends, I hope that you continue Be-ing.  I Am.

Check out the show this weekend on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety. Remember to “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

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Turn It Off

Hey everyone!  Do you ever wish that you could turn off everything and just be?!!

Well, that’s what I’m doing for this week’s blog.  I just need to be, right now.  Yes, I’m taking a day off from writing this blog.  So, listen.  It’s okay.  If you need to rest, unwind, or just to turn everything off, do it!  Turn it off!  You will be better for it.

Having said that, there may or may not be a show this weekend on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Stay tuned.  Also “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

Remedy

Hello everyone.

Remedy. There are a couple different definitions for this word. For the purposes of this blog, I’ll reference the verb meaning which is to set an undesirable situation right OR to rectify, solve, correct, or fix.

*Sigh* Well, I certainly hope that you all have found a way to keep your spirit lifted as we all continue to process the back to back mass shootings that took place in this country in the last week. In fact, I’m sending heartfelt condolences, love, and prayers to all who have lost loved ones to gun violence whether it was a mass shooting or one on one.

There’s not a whole lot more to say that hasn’t already been said via media and social media.  I just send words of encouragement to those on the frontlines of the “stop the gun violence fight”, STRENGTH to you; and, to PRAYER WARRIORS, keep praying. There is a REMEDY. Godspeed!!!

The next edition of the show is Saturday, August 10th, 2019 on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety. Also “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.

Peace.
Live. Laugh. Love.
Marilyn

Short and Sweet!

Hello Friends. I hope that you are having a wonderful week. Thank goodness we survived the blast of extreme heat and humidity that hit some of us late last week into the weekend. Now, if the temps can just stay in the 80s for the rest of the summer, I would be so pleased.

Listen, as titled, this blog is going to be “short and sweet”. Mostly, because I have not been feeling my best for the last few days so I haven’t spent much time brainstorming/seeking inspiration to write this week’s blog. Don’t worry, I’m much better now. God is good! However, as I struggled to stay healthy, I thought about doing away with this blog. I just didn’t have the energy to write or think so I thought “forget it!” I even considered throwing in the towel on my YouTube show!

Yes, indeed. I was not feeling my best at all.  Yet, well, here we are with another blog in the books.  I said all of that to say this everyone.  Don’t give up on your passions, dreams, work, ministry, businesses, family, etc.  There will be times when you may feel like giving up but don’t!  Take a break if you must but don’t give up on yourself. That’s it! Short and sweet.

Remember to checkout the next edition of the show this Saturday, July 27th, 2019 on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.   Peace.

Live. Laugh. Love.
Marilyn

Hotter Than July

While some western states in the U.S. are baking at that typical triple digit summer temperatures, tens of millions of Americans will experience record-breaking heat wave temperatures well into the 90s with the heat indices potentially sweltering up to 110 degrees or higher.  Those of us living in the central, south, and eastern regions of the U.S., get ready.  Here’s how…

  • Have a cool, air conditioned place to be during this excessive heat event.
  • Avoid the sun AND outdoor activity.
  • If you work outdoors, try to reschedule strenuous activity.
  • Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Don’t drink alcoholic beverages because they cause dehydration.
  • Reduce use of other electrical gadgets as many will be running their a.c. 24/7 in an effort to keep cool. This will help prevent a blackout from occurring.
  • Check on the elderly, young children, the vulnerable, and pets.
  • Cancel or reschedule travel plans.
  • Know the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. They both require immediate, emergency medical attention.

I realize that there are many seemingly more important things happening in the world to blog about but my top concern is to help keep everyone safe.  Be careful everyone and please take this weather advisory seriously!  And yes, I’m in deejay mode—this blog title is a nod to Stevie Wonder’s nineteenth album entitled, “Hotter Than July”!  It’s truly is HOT!

Be sure to checkout the latest edition of the show this Saturday, July 20th, 2019 on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

Don’t Stop! Get it. Get it.

Oh goodness! I’m behind the blog deadline because I’ve been busy birthday-ing! It is exciting to celebrate another year of life! I haven’t reached every business, career, or life goal yet but I am truly happy to celebrate my birthday.

Speaking of goals and getting older, when should you give up on a goal? When you turn 30, 40, 50, 60 years old? After 10 years of working towards it? After 20 years? After a lifetime? When or at what age do you throw in the towel? Well, some will say stop trying or change your goal when you get tired. I agree to some degree because if you get tired of working towards a goal you set then perhaps it wasn’t for you. Maybe you have to do a bit more soul searching and find a goal or dream to set that is authentic to/for you.

I believe that individuals who are authentic to their God given talents, gifts, or abilities will not tire of pursuing or working towards their dream or goal. They will press on. Continue on. Work on.

Listen, if you find yourself celebrating another birthday and still working towards your goal(s), it’s okay as long as you are still “living” your life. Don’t go through life holding your breath til you get there. Enjoy the journey and the process. In the words from a “hook” from a popular song from a few years back, “Don’t stop. Get it! Get it!”

Join me tomorrow, Saturday, June 1st, 2019 for the next show on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety. Also “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.

Peace.
Live. Laugh. Love.
Marilyn

Abundance

Hey Everyone.  I hope that all is good with you all and that you are experiencing abundance in all areas of your life.

Yes! Abundance.  On Thursday, I made the word abundance the word for the day on my social media.  Why,  you ask?  Well, first of all, just in general, I fully believe in abundant living.  I undoubtedly believe that our divine creator created us (humans), earth, and the entire universe with plentifulness in mind.  Think about the number of stars; the depths of the oceans; the vastness of the sky/universe; and, the number of hairs on our head and cells in our bodies!

Secondly, while prepping for today’s show earlier this week, I couldn’t help but notice a common undertone of “lack”, “limits” and “scarcity” in certain news reports that I read.  It compelled me to just say it—abundance! Listen, we have an ample supply of everything from food, water, air, to love, joy, peace, etc.  Abundance–the opposite of scarcity.  More than enough of the tangible and intangible.  Abundance!

Okay, I’ll stop.  Oh wait!  One more time.  God has given us every good thing that we need and want in an overflowing supply.  Wisdom.  Knowledge. Our cups runneth over!  I don’t know about you but abundant living is mine! Blessed to be a blessing.

Hey, did you catch today’s show?  It was delayed due to the Macy’s I.N.C. International Concepts Fashion Show that I walked in.  Here’s a couple pictures from the dressing room.

 

I’ll post a few from the actual fashion show on social media in a day or so.

Be sure to tune in Saturday, May 4th, 2019 for the next show on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Be sure to “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

Being Authentic and Relatable

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

Hey there.
As promised, here is this week’s blog. As stated during the “live” broadcast today, this has been a challenging week. It’s not that I didn’t have content or the time to blog. I mean, I have a lot to blog about but I chose not to share because I was concerned that I might over share.

We are living in a time when many believe that in order to be relatable, we must show and tell to everything about ourselves if not “errrrthang”– your thoughts, beliefs, feelings, experiences, likes, dislikes, ups, downs, “inny or outy”, etc. LoL

I get it. People need to know that we are human and I want to be authentic when sharing.  So here we go. Ready?!! As I close this week’s blog, I am feeling disappointed because the Houston Rockets just lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder. I was excited at some point during the game because Houston had a 20 point lead.

More importantly, my mother and brother’s transition dates are approaching and no matter how hard I try not to think about it or feel sad. I do.

Ok. So, I’m sleepy and that’s all I got for this blog. For more on my thoughts and experiences, be sure to check out today’s short show on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety. Also, check my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook and YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

Spread “More Goodness” in 2019

Happy New Year!

I raise my proverbial glass to you and say “Cheers” to making 2019 a year of “more goodness” in our individual lives and the world.

Listen, we can find ways to spread “more goodness” to others, no matter what is going on in this world.

Yes, you can find a way to spread “more goodness” to others, no matter your station in life.

There is no question that you can remain unaffected by the negativity around you so that you can spread “more goodness” to others.

What does “more goodness” look like?  Well, it has many “looks”.  Here are a few…

Sharing a smile; making someone laugh; stopping someone from being mistreated or bullied; making the righteous business decision;  letting someone else get the close parking spot; calling out and eradicating discrimination and injustice; sharing a good book; taking better care of yourself; praying for someone; etc.   Obviously, “more goodness” can also be tangible or material.  For example, helping someone who needs financial assistance; providing opportunities to overlooked individuals; donating money, unused clothes, shoes, and other items to charity; etc.

We’ve heard this before, right?  Some have called this “random acts of kindness” or “paying it forward”.  Well, I challenge you to be an Ambassador of more that goodness in 2019.

Chime in here to let me know what you did OR how you received “more goodness” in your life.  I can’t wait to hear from you.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

MCS Radio Show Recap- Saturday, November 18th, 2018

Hello!  It’s me with more recaps of older radio shows and blogging.  I hope you’re well.  So far we’ve had a very interesting year.  I hope that you’re keeping up with the YouTube shows that I’ve hosted since sometime in February.  The first few videos were posted on Facebook only.  Be sure to visit both and like and subscribe.  The links are at the end of this post.

1st Hour:  Brianna was guest co-host.

On this day in history…

*In 1883, the U. S. adopted the Standard Time and set up four (4) zones— Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific. It was all due to America’s railroad system and the ability to do long distance traveling.

*In 1928, Mickey Mouse appeared for the first time in Steamboat Willie, with Walt Disney himself doing the voice.

*In 1963, push-button telephones made their debut commercially.  Despite this dynamic debut, the rotary dial phones remained customers favorite for many more years.

Brianna presented Born on this day.  Here’s a few…

*in 1923, Alan Shepard, the first American in space

*in 1942, Linda Evans, actress

*in 1970, Mike Epps, actor/comedian

Cafe News consisted of  alarming stories of sexual assault and violence are coming out. Also, the offices of the Chicago Tribune have moved.  Be sure to check out the audio here.

Café Talk:  Brianna and I chimed in.  Do you have or will you buy a Christmas tree that’s not the traditional color of green?  We also read a few social media responses to the question.  The color purple was the most popular.

Another 12 Saturdays Til Christmas Gift Bag was then given away!  Listeners were also reminded to get their tickets for the Colors of Christmas Concert at the Rialto and to tune in for the 10th Annual Christmas Celebration Broadcast event on Saturday, December 2nd.

2nd Hour:   Brianna shared Entertainment News.  The audio is here.

By 12:30pm we had to wrap due to a scheduled High School Football game.  No show next week due to Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

As promised in the intro,  here are the video links.

https://www.YouTube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety and https://www.Facebook.com/MarilynsCafeSociety