Blocked. It’s Happened Again!

Friends, nothing serious.  I just have another case of writers/bloggers block!  Well, actually, it’s not a block.  I believe it’s a matter of me slowing down enough to pick a thought to share and expound on.  Like many of you, my brain is on overload right now.

I guess it’s the result of taking in all the news stories being shared as well as everything else that is happening in the world.  I simply need to take a moment.  I need to re-direct this energy.  I need to do more than read, write, and talk about it!  I know that they are all forms of action, but right now, I need to do something different.  Do you feel me?  Do you understand?

Well, in the meantime, friends, continue to move and operate in wisdom and “understanding” with me.  And, let’s remember that life is—- Golden!!!  Amen.  And so it is!

Check out the show this Saturday, July 18th, 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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Get Connected. Stay Connected.

Ok. Ok. Okayyyy.  I realize that with all of King Solomon’s wisdom and understanding, he still messed up later in his life.  I know.  I know.  I knowww.  King Solomon somehow became disconnected from God.  I have no explanation other than having Wisdom and Understanding does make one perfect; and, in time, King Solomon turned from his erroneous ways and returned to the one true God.  Yes!  He got back connected and God redeemed him!  Get connected.  Stay connected.

If you are visiting/reading this blog for the first time and wonder what I’m talking about, please note that I’m responding to feedback that I received from last week’s blog.  Go take a quick read.

So, my friends, we know the importance of getting and staying connected in business, careers, families, community, relationships, etc.  Right?  What is life without connection(s).  Many years ago, I heard a little lady by the name of Rev. Willie T. Barrow (affectionately called the Little Warrior) say, “We are not so much divided, as we are disconnected”.  Who are the “we”?  I believe the “we” refers to the Black community specifically but also the Human community at large.  What are we “disconnected” from?  Clearly, each other but let’s go deeper.  Given that Rev. Barrow was an ordained minister, I believe that she was also referring to some people’s spiritual disconnection from God.  You see, once we are connected to God, we get a level of understanding that gives us the ability to empathize with, respect, and love each other.  Get connected.  Stay Connected.

As we operate our lives this month and beyond in/with wisdom and “understanding”, let’s Get Connected.  Stay Connected.  With God First and then all other honest, meaningful, lasting connections will fall in place!

My friends, continue to live life like it is—- Golden and Connected!!!  Amen.  And so it is!

Be sure to tune in this Saturday, July 11th, 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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July Is Golden

Hello everyone!  July ushers in many observances like the July 4th holiday; “the Dog Days of Summer” (meaning really hot days); my favorites, my mother’s birthday month and National Ice Cream Month.  You all, more importantly, spiritually July represent “understanding”.  And understanding and wisdom go hand in hand–at least according to the “Good Book”.  Checkout Proverbs 4 particularly Proverbs 4:5 which reads “Get Wisdom, Get Understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them”.

Did you know that King Solomon asked God for wisdom and understanding?  And then received it?  As a result, he also received every other blessing that he didn’t ask for.  King Solomon’s life was Golden!  For the record, “golden” means favorable, excellent, wonderful, rewarding, prosperous, blessed!  I could go on and on.  Oh!  Did I mention that the color for the month of July is Gold!

Go ahead, friends.  Drape yourself in some beautiful Gold jewelry; and be sure to wear anything that is gold in color this month to remind yourself that you are Golden!  And that you can operate your life in/with wisdom and “understanding”.  All you have to do is ask!

I don’t know what you came to do but I am going to live this month and my life like its Golden!!!  Amen.  And so it is!

Join me Saturday, July 4th, 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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Black on Black Love

Hello friends!  A news report from earlier this week brought to mind a media campaign that emerged in the early 1980s called Black on Black Love.  It was founded by Ed and Betty Gardener who were at that time the founders and owners of Soft Sheen hair care company in Chicago, Illinois.  Its purpose was to counter the problem of violence in black communities as well as raise the awareness of the importance of black love and respect.

Friends, in addition to calling out others for their abuse, mistreatment, prejudice, and disrespect of black people, lets remind blacks (particularly young blacks) that they are a powerful, beautiful, fiercely intelligent, creative, resilient, loving group of people.  Blacks have survived and overcome so much hatred, bigotry, and negativity in this country.  Remind them/us that they/we are magnificent survivors and bodacious overcomers.  Remind us that Black on Black Love is not just a slogan or media campaign.  It’s a reality in the black community that has been the foundation and strength of our survival.

I remain in continual, fervent prayer for those who are acting out their love for blacks in America and worldwide.  May God move us to live to benefit, bless, protect, uplift, and restore the lives of blacks and people of color—Black on Black Love.  Amen.  And so it is!

Join me tomorrow, Saturday, June 27th, 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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God is Moving!

Happy Wednesday friends!  I trust that you all are having a marvelous week.  I am well and so very excited to witness God moving!

Many changes for the improvement of black life in America have taken place since last week.  Some of the changes are merely surface level while others are more substantive.  CEOs and others in position of power at various corporations and businesses has been shown the door after falling short of or failing to create an environment of racial equality and human respect.  More businesses and even leading brands have committed millions of dollars to organizations that are on a mission to institute systemic change for the betterment of the lives of blacks and people of color in America.  God is Moving.

Regretfully, there are still people out there refusing to turn from their practices of racism, inequality, bias, prejudice, etc.  You know I learned decades ago that the residual effects of racism run deep.  So much so that abnormal behavior and immoral treatment over time somehow became normal and acceptable.  But, guess what?  God is Moving.

Friends, I continue to actively pray, declare, and decree that practices, policies, regulations, laws, and more importantly, minds and hearts be Moved by God to benefit, bless, protect, uplift, and restore the lives of blacks and people of color in America.  Amen.  And so it is!  Yes.  Please know that God is Moving!

Join me tomorrow, Thursday, June 18th and Saturday, June 20th, 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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God Will Move Them!

Hello!!  How are you all doing?  I hope that you are experiencing a prosperous week.  I am blessed and so pleased to see that the true change-makers are standing strong. I’ve been praying fervently for them and for myself as well as digging deep to keep our spirit lifted.

It was good to hear reports that some leaders in some sectors of America’s society have moved to make immediate changes for the better.  On the other hand, it was disheartening to hear that some have vowed not to make any moves for the improvement of the lives blacks and people of color in America.  They don’t want to right the wrongs.  I understand that it takes courage, boldness, and a sense of righteousness to do so.  Even as adults, peer pressure can be real.  It’s difficult for them to go against the “status quo”. Accordingly, I ask that you all join me in praying for the leaders in all sectors, stations, positions in American society.  I pray that they have a Demascus Road experience; that their eyes are opened; and that God Will Move them to turn, change, and repent immediately.  I pray that they have a heart for true Civil/Human Rights.

I fervently pray and decree that practices, policies, regulations, laws, and more importantly, hearts be Moved by God to benefit, bless, protect, uplift, and restore the lives of blacks and people of color in America.  With the committed work of righteous protesters and their supporters, I know that God Will Move Them!  Amen.  And so it is!

Tune in tomorrow for the late “Wednesday edition” of the show and also join me Saturday, June 13th, 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/MarilynsCaféSociety; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Now!

You all, you know that I like to keep the show and the blog light-hearted, informative, and entertaining.  However, we cannot ignore the elephant in the room!  There’s a problem in America that must be solve, fixed, Now!   I’ll keep it short.

As I stated during Wednesday’s show, we’ve hit the crescendo in this thing called Civil/Human Rights Movement (Symphony) for Blacks in America and people of color.

Here’s what needs to be fixed right Now!

*The broken educational system.  Address all underperforming, subpar schools in low income communities.  Stop allowing the socioeconomic biases determine whether black children can receive a good, quality education.  No one should have to go into debt to receive secondary education.  Stop the organized chaos.

*The racist Law Enforcement/Judicial and Correctional System.  Establish better vetting policies for those seeking to become law enforcement officers.  Release or re-train those who have history of abuse of power.  Correct bogus laws that are meant to systematically destroy the lives.

*Lack of opportunities for true financial freedom/gain.  Address the need for job development and entrepreneurship training programs; need for true equity in all government set aside programs and contracting opportunities; need for CEOs, executives, leaders of all sectors, industries of American society to commit to eradicating racism within their organizations and creating fair, equal pay policies and opportunities.

*Racism, prejudice and bigotry.  There must be a renewed, revived commitment to eradicate these diseases in America once and for all.

Change. Repent. Not in the next decade.  Not in the next 5 years.  Not next year!  Not in 6 months.  Not in 3 months.  Not next month.  Not next week.  Now!

Tune in this Saturday, June 6th, 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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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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