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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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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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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Second Quarter 2020

Like it or not friends, today (Wednesday, April 1st) starts the second quarter of 2020. Based on what we’ve been experiencing in the world, I bet everyone has to some degree put their plans/goals/dreams /on hold.   Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic, some of us have even more very real concerns and distractions to navigate.  I keep you all in prayer and please pray for me and my loved ones!  Despite the setbacks and pain of first quarter 2020, Second Quarter 2020, will be much better!  Amen.

There may or may not be a show this Saturday, April 4th, 2020 on  https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  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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More Than Enough!

Friends, in response to some of your questions about why the show did not broadcast this past Saturday, the answer is my brain was busy processing all the negative news as well as actions that I observed in the weeks surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Now for those who haven’t heard, mid-week last week the World Health Organization declared the virus outbreak pandemic status.  By Friday of last week, President Trump declared a national emergency in the United States.  And before all of that, the sports world came to a halt, international travel advisories and bans were issued, major events were postponed or delayed, and bleach/anti-bacterial wipes, toilet tissue (people’s latest obsession), medical masks, and other paper goods were flying off the shelf like crazy!  As we approached this past weekend, many school systems were closed, more people were quarantined, and a new phrase “social distancing” emerged.  Additionally, bottled water, non-perishable food items, and food in general were difficult to find in stores!  Worse than all of that was the behavior of other human beings that I observed.

You all, I’ve been living on planet earth for a few decades now and I’ve heard, seen, and even experienced ugly, low-level, selfish human behavior.   So when I witnessed a few instances of bad behavior from people as they shopped (stock-piled) goods in the last week, all I could do was shake my head.  People were hoarding so much that some stores resorted to posting signs telling people to limit the number of items that they purchase because other shoppers are in need as well.  Someone even showed me a few video clips of people physically fighting over toilet tissue and paper towels!  Not to down play this current coronavirus crisis, but how would people behave if this country really got in trouble?

Listen, I get how humans have that tendency to go into survival mode when fear and panic sets in but Come on “ye of little faith”.  There is “more than enough”!

So, no.  There was no show last Saturday because I didn’t have a good one in me and I certainly did not want to regurgitate what everyone else was talking about!  I just needed to pause for a moment to process all of this!

Everyone, the bottom line is this.  God is a good!  If you believe, he will supply all your needs!  And, certainly not to the detriment of other believers!  Fear and greed is not of God!  Let’s continue to remind others that there is “more than enough”.

Check me out Saturday, March 21st, 2020 on  https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  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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Just One Hour!

Sooo, you’re missing that lost hour, huh? Just about everyone that I have chatted with in the last few days admit it. Springing forward came with a price.

Here’s what I’ve been doing to help my sleeping habits/patterns adjust:

• Go to sleep an hour earlier.
• Sleep in a little longer on days off.
• In mornings increase my consumption of foods that give energy. (fruit, veggies, natural teas, vitamin supplements, etc.)
• Take a nice warm bath or shower.
• In evenings create a relaxing environment with soft music or not; sip a soothing tea or glass of wine; and

Finally, my friends, just toughen up and deal with it. Eventually our internal clocks will get use to the time change. Weren’t we just reminded in last week’s blog about the spiritual “strength” that we can call on?

Alright! Enough of the pep talk!  It’s just one hour. Carry on.

Tune in to the next show this Saturday, March 14th, 2020 on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety. 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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Strength To You!

Hello.  I pray that you all are having a wonderful week.

This week has challenged me and others that I know to draw on “strength” that only God can provide.  For the most part, when we think of the word, “strength”, we immediately associate it with the physical but it means more than that.  “Strength” also means having the ability to persevere; endure; stay the course.  However, it’s even more than the mere “will” of man.

Spiritual “strength”, the source of all strength, comes from God.  It is the ability to overcome– which then leads to stability and victorious living.  Friends, don’t be discouraged.  Don’t give up.

No matter what your challenge (minor or major – big or small) was this week—surviving a natural disaster; overcoming illness; mourning loss of loved one; a breakup; didn’t get the business deal or job/promotion; unmet goals; couldn’t open the top of the ketchup bottle; I say/pray physical strength, mental strength, and God’s spiritual strength to you!!!  And, so it is!

Check out the next show this Saturday, March 7th, 2020 on  https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  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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Feeling Thankful

Hello friends.  I’m feeling especially thankful today.  No, nothing out of the ordinary has happened.  I just woke up with a heightened sense of thankfulness and gratitude.  I didn’t hit the lottery nor did I seal a big business deal…yet! Nevertheless, I still have so much to be thankful for.

I want to take this blog moment to express my sincere thanks for your continued support.  Everyone who has been with the show and/or blog since inception and to those who joined in later—Thank you!  Know that I take great care into coming up with interesting, compelling, inspiring, motivational, informative blogs and broadcasts.   I keep you all in mind when producing content.  I strive for it to be good, better, the best week by week.

As I approach the 15th year anniversary of the show, I am so thankful that I get to do something that I dreamed of doing as a child.  I want it to continue to get better and bigger.  I ask that you reach out via this blog or email to share your show ideas or topics, suggested guests, etc.  The email is producer@marilynscafesociety.com.

Okay, you all, I do not take your support for granted.  Again, I thank you.  #Powershift

Join me on the next show this Saturday, February 29th, 2020 on  https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  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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