I Will.

Friends, how are you?  I AM well and I hope that you are too.

So, there’s still a month or so of summer left and I will continue to enjoy it to the best of my ability.  I will complete my in-house projects.  I will continue to work on the upcoming shows for the new season.  I will meet, talk, and connect with interesting people from all around the world.  I will continue to take care of myself. I will pray. I will succeed.  I will live abundantly.  I will laugh joyfully.  I will love and be loved.   I will is very close kin to I AM.  I AM, therefore, I will.

You all, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and continue to wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The August summer pop in and show special will be dropped this week.  For the latest broadcast go to  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

The Divided States of America?

Hello there, friends.  Have you noticed how further divided this country is becoming?

Male, Female, Other

Blacks, Whites, Latinx, Asians, Others

Super Rich Upper Class, Rich New Money Class, Working Middle Class, Working Poor Class, Poor Class

Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, Independents, Others

Christian, Catholics, Judaism, Muslims, Buddhists, Others

Oh, and the newest category–Unvaccinated, Vaccinated

Let’s just go ahead and physically divide the states accordingly and designate each category of people to a region/area.  You go and stay over “there”–while others go to their “there” and stay! No, I think not!

THIS IS WORTH REPEATING—  No one should be pointing fingers at the unvaccinated or the vaccinated.  So, again, STOP IT!  Good news—now between the vaccinated and natural/herd immunity occurring, a little more than 80% of Americans are somewhat safe.  However, we should all continue to wear masks as the coronavirus and all its variants return to the pit of hell from which they came and the 80% number becomes 100% immunity. 

Until next week, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and continue to wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The August summer pop in and show special will be dropping soon.  For the latest broadcast go to  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

STOP IT!!!

To whom this may concern,

Stop pitting the vaccinated against the unvaccinated!  We already deal with and suffer through enough divisiveness in this country and around the world.  And now, this?!!!!

Let’s be clear, the vaccinated nor the unvaccinated did not cause Covid 19.  It appears that the overall missteps or erroneous handling of protocols and mitigations to protect Americans is the real reason the Coronavirus is still being reckoned with.  Also, according to the CDC, the coronavirus has mutated thereby creating other variants that natural immunity or current vaccines may not be able to fight against.  Speaking of which, remember that before the mass vaccinations, natural/herd immunity had already kicked in and begun to improve things.  Clearly the vaccines accelerated immunity against Covid 19 also causing the number of infections and deaths to drop significantly.  However, remember that we were all still mandated to wear masks in public and private places/spaces.  Once the mask mandates were lifted in June/July (for the vaccinated only and while the number of variant cases were increasing), the overall number of cases and deaths, once again, began to slowly increase. 

We’ve just heard the news reports that the vaccinated are being infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to the unmasked vaccinated and unvaccinated.  The CDC reports that this Delta variant comes from India.  The Alpha variant comes from the United Kingdom.  The Beta variant comes from South Africa.  The Gamma variant comes from Japan and Brazil.  Are travel restrictions to and from these countries in place?  Should we have been so quick to lift mask mandates? 

Listen friends, there are so many variables at play here.  When it comes to defeating this virus, nothing is foolproof.  And, keep in mind that every American has the right to choose not to vaccinate.  No one should be pointing fingers at the unvaccinated or the vaccinated.  So, again, STOP IT!  Good news—between the vaccinated and herd immunity, at least 80% of Americans are somewhat safe.  However, we should all continue to wear masks until “they” completely figure this thing out. 

Until next week, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and continue to wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name. Amen.  And, so it is.

The July summer show special will be dropping soon.  For the latest broadcast go to  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

The Rhythm of Regrouping

Hello Friends!  How are you doing? Have you taken some time to regroup yet?  As I stated in the last couple of blogs, I am.  In fact, I’ve been so focused on regrouping that I’ve had to delay this month’s summer special video drop.  It’s coming, I promise!  Now back to this regrouping journey.

My focus so far has been on clearing my mind and surrounding.  You know, getting my thoughts, ideas, and environment more organized but mainly, the latter.  Those of you who’ve been with me for the last decade or so know that I’ve been on a journey to rid myself of unnecessary material clutter that dates back 40 years!!!  I wouldn’t call myself a hoarder but borderline; and in my defense, now limited to just two rooms.  You all, I have been purging or attempting to purge souvenirs, memorabilia, gifts, books, pictures, old computers, clothing, stuff, and on and on.  I must say over the years, I’ve made tremendous progress and can honestly say that I’m on the last leg of this clutter-free journey.  In fact, over the past couple of years, I have even refused to buy new “things” that would add to the clutter.

Well now that one of the two rooms is pretty much clutter-free, I’ve put my decorating hat on and immersed myself in that creative energy so much so that as I mentioned above, I decided to delay the next show so that I can get the one room completely done!  Friends, the bonus is that my mind is becoming more clearer in the process of “regrouping” as well.  I’ve gotten in to the rhythm of it all.

Until next week, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and continue to wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The July summer show special will be dropping soon.  The latest broadcast is posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Regroup with a Clear Mind!

Friends, what’s happening?  Are you luxuriating in good scaturience this week?  In some ways, I am.  For those who are not keeping up with the weekly blogs, read last week’s blog to find out what’s significant about the word, scaturient.

So, as I continue to “regroup” this summer, I am realizing that to truly regroup, you must clear the mind.  Kick out worry, fear, deadlines, negative thoughts, etc.  Yes, sometimes we have so much going on in our lives that our mind can be all over the place.  However, we must get and stay focused on each individual issue, task, moment, so that we can have a clear mind.  Re-prioritize, re-evaluate, decide, and always think positive.  Also, it helps to clear clutter from your living and working environments.  You know, get organized.

My friends once we get our minds clear, the journey to “regroup” will be easy.  Well, that’s it.  Until next week, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and continue to wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The next summer special will be dropped next week.  The latest broadcast is posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Time to Regroup

Hey there my friends.  I hope that you are having a mirific week because I am to some degree.  I mean my emotions have been all over the place in the last week or so and especially yesterday.  Happy 80th Birthday and continue to rest in Heavenly Peace and Power mama.

Well, I don’t know about you all but for me, I believe it is now time to regroup.  Yes, it’s time to recollect my thoughts, reset goals, and overall refocus.  And, listen, while I am doing that, I am also going to slow down a minute so that I can notice the butterflies and flowers.  You know, actually see all of life’s goodness and beauty! Look around to see what I’ve been missing or overlooking due to my work and busi-ness.  You know what I mean!!! 

Oh, before I go, let me take this time to introduce the word for the month of July.  Drumroll please!  It is scaturient.  Scaturient means overflowing with abundance or available in a large quantity.  Hmm. Life, Love, Laughter comes to mind. As you know, I normally announce the new word for the month during the show. However, because we are only producing summer specials in this month and in August, I thought I’d get it to you before the broadcast of the next summer special.

My friends join me as I regroup; and as we do so, I wish you a month, summer, year, and life that’s scaturient.  As always, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and continue to wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The latest shows are posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

DuSable Lake Shore Drive!

Friends, this past week has been like a whirlwind!  Whew! I almost forgot about getting this new blog posted.  Well, in case you haven’t heard yet, Chicago’s Council approved Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s compromise offer to rename Lake Shore Drive to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Lake Shore Drive.  Here’s the details…

On Friday, June 25th, 2021, the Chicago City Council approved the renaming of Lake Shore Drive to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Lake Shore Drive (JBPDLSD). The historic vote is the culmination of the efforts of many going back more than 200 years.  In more recent times, those who have pushed to honor DuSable with a roadway include Chicago’s first black mayor, the late Harold Washington; current Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle; founder of DuSable Museum, the late Dr. Margaret Burroughs; the late Lerone Bennett, longtime editor of the iconic Ebony Magazine; and others.  However, it was Alderman David Moore who picked up the mantle for DuSable in 2019 and began the work of recruiting support for the renaming of LSD to DuSable Drive.  Alderwoman Sophia King quickly supported the ordinance as a co-sponsor and several other Alderpersons joined in support. 

By May of 2020, Alderman Moore gained the support of the Black Heroes Matter Coalition whose founders are Mr. Ephraim Martin and his wife, the Honorable Justice Shelvin L.M. Hall.  As a result, the leaders of the Black Heroes Matter Coalition and other key players in this effort began their campaign to make Alderpersons Moore and King’s ordinance a reality by rallying downtown Chicago on July 4th of 2020 to raise awareness of DuSable and the proposed ordinance to rename Lake Shore Drive to DuSable Drive.  Some nine months later after many meetings, much work, and prayer, the Transportation Committee under the leadership of Alderman Howard Brookins finally passed the historic ordinance on April 29, 2021 only to have the vote strategically delayed by the Mayor during the full city council meeting on May 26th, 2021. 

Finally, after more heated debates and negotiations, Mayor Lightfoot’s compromise proposal to rename outer Lake Shore Drive to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Lake Shore Drive was accepted by Alderpersons Moore and King and the Black Heroes Matter Coalition.  The historic vote of approval followed on Friday, June 25th, 2021.

Friends, we are so excited!  This is an honor to Chicago’s founding Father that is long over due.  There will be a celebration downtown Chicago in Grant Park at Jackson and Columbus Drive.  Go to https://www.eventbrite.com and search DuSable Lake Shore Drive for registration and details. 

Have a wonderful weekend.  And as always, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The latest broadcast is posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

DuSable Update

Hello everyone!  I don’t know about you but I’ve had a pretty busy week.  And that is a good thing.  So, I would like to share an update on the Black Heroes Matter Coalition’s quest to have the leaders of the city of Chicago properly honor it’s founder, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable.  Here’s the latest press release…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Black Heroes Matter Coalition Accepts Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s

Proposed DuSable Drive Compromise, but must be voted on this Friday, June 25th, 2021

(CHICAGO- June 24th, 2021)  The Black Heroes Matter (BHM) Coalition Chairman, Mr. Ephraim Martin announced during a Press Conference today that key coalition members and supporters have revisited the DuSable Drive Compromise that was proposed earlier this week by Mayor Lightfoot and her administration.  The outcome is a positive one.  One that will honor Chicago’s founding Father in a profound way.

“The BHM Coalition’s, position for a compromise is if the mayor would allow the vote this Friday (June 25th), we will accept the proposed adjustment to rename the Lake Shore Drive roadway as ‘The Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Lake Shore Drive, only if the voting can be done this Friday, June 25th, 2021,  Mr. Martin stressed.  While the proposal was only a verbal one, he ensured other Black Heroes Matter (BHM) Coalition members that Alderpersons David Moore and Sophia King (the sponsors of the ordinance) are working to make it ready for a vote during the City Council meeting this Friday.  Also, during the press conference, BHM Coalition’s Political Chairperson, Justice Shelvin L.M. Hall, talked about the art of compromise and how significant it is to recognize when it is a good thing to do.  Earlier in the week, the BHM Coalition leaders were caught off guard with the midnight hour compromise and believe that it is now time for the people to see the progress.

In the past year, BHM leaders, members and supporters have been working endlessly to affect a positive outcome for DuSable by attending City Council Committee meetings and other events;  making phone calls; distributing important information and updates; etc.  Some of those include, Tremell Williams, Youth/Entertainment Chairman; Elsie Hernandez, Education Chairperson; Valerie Hill and Marilyn May, Communications Chair and Co-Chair; Joel Stanford,  Minister Eric Sexton, Pastor Eric Taylor, Minister Betty Kellum, Olivier Kamanzi, Yolaine Dauphin, Claire Moreau, and Blaq Ice who opened and closed today’s press conference with remarkable poems entitled “Black Heroes Matter” and “Get Your Knee off Our Neck”.

They all concurred that they would continue in that work until DuSable is properly honored by the City of Chicago.  BHM Chairman, Martin said that he is grateful for the work of his team and concluded with “We now call on all Council members to be united to make this a unanimous vote to honor Chicago’s founding Father, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the man who journeyed from the Caribbean country of Haiti to start this great city that we all now enjoy.”

Last May, shortly following the gruesome police murder of George Floyd, Mr. Martin and his wife, the Hon. Shelvin L.M. Hall, Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, now retired, formed the Black Heroes Matter (BHM) Coalition, as an assumed name corporation under MIF.  They started with more than 20 supporting organizations and has now grown to some 80 organizations and businesses.  All supporting organizations and businesses, along with GoFundMe donors and petition signers can be seen at http://www.Blackheroesmatter.org.

To support this effort, visit http://www.Blackheroesmatter.org or click the following links:  GoFundMe  https://gf.me/u/x99m75, Petition http://chng.it/DLhPnQDfnv.  

For more information: 877/973-4423 or Email: Bheroesmatter@gmail.org.

Friends, have a wonderful rest of the week.  And as always, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The latest broadcast is posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Empyrean

Hello there my friends!  What’s happening with you?  I am well.  Actually, I was just thinking about the word for this month– empyrean, which is pronounced em-peer-re-en.  Those who follow the show on YouTube know that since last December, I’ve been challenging myself and viewers/listeners to learn a new word each month.  Empyrean is the new word for June.

Empyrean means relating to heaven or the sky.  While out and about earlier today, I looked up and decided to bask in the brilliance and beauty of the sun and the pretty blue sky.  I thought about the entire universe and its endless space.  I thought about heaven and how impossible it is to even fathom its vastness.  I thought about how empyrean represents the possibilities of mankind.  “The sky is the limit”.  You’ve heard that before, right?  OR, symbolically, how we can “call Heaven to earth”?  Meaning all of your God given ideas, talents, wants, needs, desires are possible.      

Friends, I don’t know about you but going forward, my thinking will be empyrean—heavenly, limitless.  Join me and as always, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The latest broadcast is posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

DuSable Drive Update

My friends, how are you doing?  Enjoying the summer-like weather?  This week, I thought that I would share the updates on the journey to renaming outer Lake Shore Drive to DuSable Drive.  Read this press release from earlier this month.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    

Mayor’s $30m dollar proposal for DuSable Project pleasant surprise to

  BHM Coalition Chairman but must be in addition to DuSable Drive

(CHICAGO- June 1st, 2021)

After one year of the Black Heroes Matter (BHM) Coalition launched to correct the wrongs to Chicago’s Founding Father, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, Coalition Chairman, Mr. Ephraim Martin reiterated during a meeting with BHM members and supporters that despite the deferral by Mayor Lightfoot and two Aldermen last Wednesday, May 26th, BHM- DuSable Project are on a winning track with no plans to look back.

We can declare partial victory, because of the BHM Coalition campaign, the Mayor is proposing $30 million dollars to build the major Monument; start the process of building DuSable Park that was authorized 34 years ago by the first Black Mayor of Chicago, the late Harold Washington; and develop a DuSable Riverwalk among other honors.  However, the proposal must also include the renaming of Lake Shore Drive to DuSable Drive as first priority next month.

The Mayor, while announcing her proposed $30 million dollar plan, said they, (meaning the Black Heroes Matter Coalition and/or Alderman David Moore), “want Lake Shore Drive or nothing.”  To set the record straight, what Mr. Martin recently told the Mayor’s Administration is that “We have already compromised.  Alderman Moore and Alderwoman Sophia King, the sponsors for the delayed ordinance, have long changed the order to make the renaming for the Outer LSD only.  We told the Mayor’s Administration that we want outer Lake Shore Drive and everything else that we have been requesting for DuSable since last May of 2020.”

As an enhancement to DuSable Drive which the BHM expect will be voted on and confirmed by June 23rd, the BHM welcomes the funds the Mayor has offered.  However, we need to see the proposal in writing and with a timeline from start to finish on all the projects.

The main objectives of BHM continue to be renaming the Outer Lake Shore Drive (LSD) as Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Drive, a full city Holiday, and a minimum of 25-foot Monument for DuSable.  Also, to further end systemic racism including police brutality as well as to bring change to the U.S. Postal Zip Code System.

Again, the three demands outlined in our July 4th, 2020 protest, rally, and march from DuSable Bridge at 401 N. Michigan Avenue to the Grant Park Petrillo Music Shell came with deadlines.  The people want and need to see the progress.  The interruptions by the Mayor’s administration over the last six months has slowed the progress on renaming LSD as DuSable Drive.  If the Mayor will allow the June 23rd vote, we can see real progress with the renaming of LSD as DuSable Drive.

On April 29th, the Transportation and Ways Committee unanimously voted for the renaming of LSD as DuSable Drive but the full city council vote was blocked by the Mayor and two Aldermen, Brian Hopkins and Ariel Reboyras from the 2nd and 30th Wards. “We are asking the Mayor to adhere to the will of the people and the Transportation and Ways Committee.  Let the full city council members, who were elected by the people, exercise their responsibility to vote on Alderman Moore’s and Alderwoman King’s ordinance to rename LSD to DuSable Drive.”, BHM Chairman, Martin said.

Last May, shortly following the gruesome police murder of George Floyd, Mr. Martin and his wife, the Hon. Shelvin L.M. Hall, Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, now retired, formed the Black Heroes Matter (BHM) Coalition, as an assumed name corporation under MIF.  They started with more than 20 supporting organizations and has now grown to some 80 organizations and businesses.  All supporting organizations and businesses, along with GoFundMe donors and petition signers can be seen at www.Blackheroesmatter.org.

To support this effort, visit http://www.Blackheroesmatter.org or click the following links:  GoFundMe  https://gf.me/u/x99m75, Petition http://chng.it/DLhPnQDfnv. For more information:: 877/973-4423 or Email: Bheroesmatter@gmail.org.

Friends, be sure to sign the petition.  As always, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The latest broadcast is posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn