Home

As I listened to Solange Knowles latest music project, “When I Get Home”, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own journeys back “home”.  I believe on some level that was her intent when creating this piece.  Yes, not only to share her experiences and talent but to provoke the listener and viewer (in the case of the movie that accompanies this project) to reflect on their own “home” experiences.  The music is stunningly genius as she shares with us her memories, perspective on Houston, Texas.

I thought back to when I was in my early 30’s in an effort to heal from an emotional and physical trauma, I left the suburbs and moved back to the city of Chicago (a place that I call home) with my young son in tow.  We visited the Bronzeville neighborhood where I grew up.  The rich vibe was still there.  The heartbeat of African-American life and culture (the best and the worst) was ever present.  I took him to all the places that I liked going to as a child and young adult—the lakefront (particularly The Point); DuSable Museum and Washington Park; downtown Chicago and Grant Park; Navy Pier; Cite’; Rock and Roll McDonald’s; Gibson’s; Edna’s Soul Food; Gladys Soul Food Luncheonette (right before the doors closed for good); Johnson’s Publishing Company; the (new) Regal Theater; Comiskey/White Sox Park; the beautiful churches and community organizations; and so many other locations.  My father was there as he had been for more than 30 years (currently more than 50 years).  Back to familiar places and faces.  Other family and friends were still there.  Home.

I get the same “home” feeling every time I go back to Mississippi (my birth place).  My parents migrated to Chicago like many other black families in the south did in pursuit of a better life.  Nevertheless, Mississippi is still “home”.  I enjoy seeing the familiar places, like “uptown”; the family churches; the Piggly Wiggly.  Oh, there’s nothing like that black southern culture/hospitality.  It’s heartwarming to reflect on times past and to ooh and ahh over the new developments and changes that have taken place.  Familiar faces were there—family, friends, friends of family.  Home.

In my 40s, I found myself back “home” again.  This time back to Joliet, Illinois where I also grew up (mainly during my teen years).  Back to familiar places—Eastside, Westside, downtown; the historic churches; Louis Joliet Mall; Rialto Theatre; Route 66; I-80; etc.  The familiar faces.  My mother was there as she had been for the last 47 years of her life.  Family and friends are still there.  Home.

Solange reminds us that “home” is a physical place but it can also be a heartfelt place as a result of our experiences, memories, emotions, even spirituality.  I feel “home” in just about any church building; in the studio; anywhere with my loved ones; with myself; on the mic; with that special one; during devotional and prayer time; and oddly, sometimes with someone I barely know—that kindred spirit. Home is Love.  Wherever God is, it’s safe to say you’re Home.  Where’s your home?  What makes you feel home?  Comment here.

Remember, no show this weekend.  The next show will be posted Saturday, August 24th, 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

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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

The Gifts

Hey everyone and Happy August!  I’ll get right to it.  I was recently inspired by some of Beyonce’s music from The Lion King soundtrack entitled, “The Gift”.  You see the title itself caused me to think about “gifts”.  So, today, I want to blog about “gifts”.  As you know, there are tangible gifts and gifts that are intangible.

Tangible gifts are material items that are given to someone or something like a non-profit, charitable or religious organization. For example, money, flowers, jewelry, cars, art, etc. are given to individuals for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and various other important, celebrated occasions.  Also, some people give money, furniture, even buildings to their favorite charities or religious organizations.  Most people give these tangible gifts to others as an act of love, respect, honor, or charity.  And, most people LOVE receiving these kinds of gifts!

Intangible gifts are not material and are given to or shared with others as a show of love, gratitude, honor, etc.  Time is a good example of an intangible gift.  Sharing your time with someone that you love and care about is an expression of love.  Knowledge or information is another example of an intangible gift that can be given to someone.  Perhaps a friend is starting a business and does not have all the information that they need to be successful but you do.  When you share that information with your friend, you are giving them an intangible gift.  I blogged a few weeks ago about the different “love languages” and how important it is to know yours as well as your loved ones.  Well, some of those “love language” expressions of love are intangible gifts.

Other intangible gifts are those that with we have been born.  Yes, those precious intangible gifts that we have received from our Heavenly Father God.  Some are spiritual gifts like Wisdom, Revelation Knowledge, Healing, etc.   Some of us are born teachers, leaders, givers, servers, pastors, intercessors, administrators, etc.  Other intangible gifts that we’ve received from God include, singing and musicianship; drawing and artistry; building and construction; athleticism; and so on.  Listen, I know that some of these gifts can be taught but those who received these as gifts had no instruction.  They just instinctly, innately know how to do these things.  And not just do them or operate in them, they do them in/with excellence.  The more they use their God given gift(s), the more refined and magnificent they become.

Now, for those who have received these God given gift(s), know that they are not just for you!  You must share your gift(s) with your family, community, the world, and, yes, God too.

Be sure to checkout the latest edition of the show this Saturday, August 3rd, 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

Keep Your Head to the Sky

Hello there.  Are you enjoying the summer heat?  It got very hot in Chicagoland yesterday. I believe that we hit 100 degrees or more with the heat index!  I thought about the coldest, snowiest day that we had this past winter and kept my mouth shut.

Sooo, this blog title reminds me of the 1973/74 Billboard Top 25 song by the Grammy Award winning band, Earth, Wind & Fire!  I thought about this song when I recently posted a picture of my mother posing with her head lifted upwards.  The social media posts were in loving memory of her on her 78th birthday.

Keeping our head to the sky was something that she drove home to us (her children) as well as others who would receive her inspiring words.  Sometimes we’d come home from school (and as we got older), work, or somewhere “in a slump” for whatever the reason; and she’d encourage us and try to lift our spirit.  “Hold your head up!”,  she’d say.  “Believe what God says about you!”  My father encouraged us in this way, too.   “Stop looking down.  Look up so that you can see where you’re going”!

As we live life, we no doubt have/will face challenges and/or be met with some disingenuous people who don’t like you and will try to discourage, discredit, and just plain “dis” you.  They’ll try to keep you from becoming all that God intended you to be.  They’ll try to block or even take YOUR blessings.  The key word here is “try”.  As long as you spiritually and, if necessary, physically “keep your head to the sky” meaning turn to God (Our Heavenly Father) who is here, there, everywhere, (even in you) and ALL POWERFUL, you WILL get the victory!  Now, that’s what HE said!!  Not me.  Okay, so sometimes we may be the culprit—putting too much pressure on ourselves; being hypercritical of ourselves; etc.

Nevertheless, lifting your head to the sky is like lifting your hands in Praise.  You are acknowledging God’s majesty; surrendering to his magnificence and sovereignty!  You are trusting his Word, Instruction, and Lead.  You are showing humility while building your God-fidence.

“Keep Your Head to the Sky” my friends and enjoy your FLOURISHING business, career/job, educational pursuits, family life, health and wellness, and anything else God put in your heart to accomplish or achieve.

Haven’t heard the song in awhile?  Here’s the link https://youtu.be/qpD4siBSUO.  Enjoy.  It still sounds soo good.

Remember to checkout the latest edition of the show this Saturday, July 13th, 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

Happy Summer!

Well, it’s official everyone! Summer has arrived. Today is the longest day of the year (also known as the Summer Solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere.  In Chicago, that means more than 15 hours and 15 minutes of daylight.

As I really think about the earth tilting in such a way that allows the sun to shine longer on our part of the earth, I’m in awe.  It’s all just so special. You know, it reminds me of the importance of “the light” within us!  How we have the ability to let our “light” shine ALL the time—all day and night. I know. I know.  I’ve talked about this before so I digress.

Everyone, make sure that you get outdoors and enjoy all that the warm/hot weather has to offer.  Here’s a few suggestions:

*Take time to take in some sunlight. It’s good for you (natural Vitamin D). However, remember to protect your skin if you’re going to be out in the “hot” sun for long periods of time.

*Really notice and experience being outdoors. Enjoy the fresh air. Take long walks. Get in OR by the water (rivers, lakes, the oceans but be safe and cautious). Notice or create beauty all around you. The greenery. The flowers. The children frolicking.

*Self-reflect, self-correct, illuminate, elevate, be vibrant and spread good energy.

That’s it.  We’re half-way through the year everyone! Let’s make it a sonsational summer!

Remember to checkout the latest edition of the show tomorrow, Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety. Also, 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

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

For Goodness Sake

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hello,

Well.  It has happened again!  Another senseless mass shooting has taken place here in Aurora, Illinois at a manufacturing workplace.   The shooter reportedly opened fire after he was told that his employment with the company was terminated.  He killed five employees and wounded five police officers during a shootout.  The police killed the shooter during the exchange of fire.

According to this CNN report from about a year ago, here’s where the United States stand compared to other countries when it comes to gun violence.

“There are more public mass shootings in America than in any other country in the world.   The U.S. makes up less than 5% of the world’s population, but holds 31% of global mass shooters.  The countries with the most mass shootings from 1966 to 2012 are the United States with 90; Philippines with 18; Russia with 15; Yemen with 11; France with 10.”

There it is.  Now, what are we going to do about it?  I know that we are better than this.  We know better than this.

This may come off as “simple thinking” but I honestly believe that people are good.  If we spread goodness, advocate for goodness, uphold goodness, protect goodness, live goodness, breathe goodness, project goodness, legislate goodness, come from a place of goodness in all areas of our living; we could reduce those numbers drastically.  For goodness sake everyone, let’s just do it.

Prayers, condolences, and love to the families and friends of all the victims of this tragedy.

Be sure to check out https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also like, subscribe, and/or follow me on my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook and YouTube; and www.marilynscafesociety.com.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

An Important Goal

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Hi.  Welcome to this week’s blog.

If you are in the regions where the temperatures have recently been well below zero, I hope that you are staying safe, warm and cozy.  The weather forecasters are predicting a “heat wave” (30 to 40 degrees above zero)  for U. S. mid-westerners on Super Bowl Sunday.  Please govern yourselves accordingly!  LoL!!  Oh wait.  Can I “laugh out loud” on a blog???!!!

During the show last Saturday, I shared some pointers on how to set and realize goals.  Today, I’m going to share one of my short-term, long-term and forever goals.  What is it you ask?  It is staying mentally and physically agile.  It is so important particularly as you get older.  Here’s a few basic ways to do so.

  1. Maintain healthy, loving social connections and social life. Adults need to “play” with others too.
  2. Continue to learn new things. It is excellent exercise for the brain.  The more you learn, the more you realize what you don’t know.
  3. Eat healthy. Remember what your parents said…”eat your fruit and vegetables”.
  4. Get plenty of daily exercise/activity. Dance, walk, jog, run, skate, play sports, etc.
  5. Get good sleep and rest.
  6. Find and/or maintain a hobby or activity that you enjoy doing.
  7. Pray, meditate, grow daily in your spiritual life.

Listen, if we don’t strive to meet this one goal of staying mentally and physically sharp, it would be difficult to reach more specific goals that we set in our lives.  Ok,

Well, there may or may not be a show this Saturday.  My plate is full right now but I am attempting to get it done.  Stay tuned and check my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook and YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

MCS Radio Show Recap- Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Hello friends.  What’s happening?  Are you exuding the attribute of zeal? Awaken your senses!  Become excited about your life!  Allow yourself to experience Joy!!   Share on this post or find me on social media and let me know how you’re doing.  

This Saturday’s show was another short one and I flew solo.  Here’s the recap…

Cafe Talk:  What have you eaten in the last 24 hours that you know wasn’t healthy for you?

On this day in history…

* 1913: Henry Ford’s entire Highland Park automobile factory was run on a continuously moving assembly line for the first time.  Prior to this, automobiles were produced at a rate of only a few a day.  The new moving assembly line improved production from 12 1/2 hours to just 2 hours and 40 minutes (and ultimately 1 hour and 33 minutes) boosting annual output to well over 200,000 units a year. 

* 1968:  The United States movie industry adopted a film ratings system for the first time:  G (for general audiences), M (for mature audiences), R (no one under 16 admitted without an adult), and X (no one under 16 admitted). 

Since the late 1990s, the Motion Picture Assn America film ratings have been as follows:[3]

Rating symbol Meaning
G – General Audiences

All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.

PG – Parental Guidance Suggested

Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give “parental guidance”. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.

PG-13 – Parents Strongly Cautioned

Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.

R – Restricted

Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.

NC-17 – Adults Only

No One 17 and Under Admitted. Clearly adult. Children are not admitted.

Other labels

If a film has not been submitted for a rating or is an uncut version of a film that was submitted, the labels Not Rated (NR) or Unrated (UR) are often used.

If a film has not yet been assigned a final rating, the label This Film Is Not Yet Rated is used in trailers and television commercials.

* 1985:  A mudslide in Ponce, Puerto Rico, killed an estimated 500 people in the island’s worst disaster of the 20th century.  Update, the current Governor of Puerto Rico is calling the devastation of Maria, the island’s worst disaster in modern times.

Top News…

*Update on Los Vegas Nevada’s (Mandalay Resort and Casino) shooting on Sunday night at the Country Music Concert.  58 dead,k 530 wounded.  On record as the United States worst mass shooting.  Apparently the shooter booked an hotel room in Chicago overlooking Grant Park during the Lollapalooza Weekend.  

*Also, another hurricane (Nate) is expected to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast.

I kept Café Talk light to get our minds off the devastation.  Some Facebookers and a few callers chimed in sharing chocolate, candy, etc. 

We didn’t have time for Entertainment Talk this week.

However, before signing off, I reminded everyone about the upcoming 10th Annual Christmas Celebration broadcast on Saturday, December 2, 2017.  You’ll meet one of the singers next week so be sure to tune in.

Finally, congratulations to Jacqueline L. of Joliet.  She was the winner of the first of the 12 Saturdays til Christmas Gift bag give away.  Again, tune in next Saturday for your chance to win.  The audio for this broadcast will be posted as soon as possible.

Peace,

Marilyn