Posted: 5:46 pm Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
By Staff Writer
When asked about July plans and I say things are a little “up in the air,” I’m not a kiddin’! I’ve zig-zagged my way from coast to coast several times in the last few weeks.
To Boston to support my Janey and her sister, Kerry, as she fought her final battle. To NYC for Broadway in Bryant Park, to Phoenix and a wonderful evening spent with listeners, back to Boston for the most love and laughter filled tribute to Kerry, and finally, to home sweet home in Washington state…
It took me a few minutes each morning to orient myself and remember where exactly I was.
All this as tragedies played out across our beautiful nation, the indivisible one, to whom we pledge liberty and justice for all. And while I could lament the evil that perpetuated these violent acts, I’d like to speak to something else. The beauty in the hearts I came across in my travels.
There is so much GOOD in this world, friends. Sometimes it is difficult to see, to focus on, because we are being bombarded with “news” and imagery of evil, but it exists. It’s easily found in it’s purest form, in the hearts, minds, and souls of children. All children, all colors, all cultures. To love and be loved is all they know. When down, spend time with children. They are the embodiment of hope renewed.
When you look a little harder – or maybe just stop focusing on The Other Stuff, you will find beautiful happy hearts in adults too. All colors, all cultures. Like the folks that came to experience a little taste of Broadway on a Thursday afternoon in Bryant Park. This patch of green in the heart of Manhattan comes alive each July and I thrill to be a part of it.
Thousands showed up on the day that I was there, they ate their lunches beneath the huge old trees lining the sides of the park, stood in line in 97 degree heat, and good-naturedly endured a complete drenching by a surprise rain squall that blew through. Each and every one had a smile on their face, a hug, a hello, and a story to greet me. How blessed I am!
And it’s not just wee children and wise adults who have beauty in their hearts. You know that terrible, no-good, entitlement generation we’re always hearing about? Well I spend an inordinate amount of time with that group. And sure, surly teenage hormones in abundance, but the hearts? Still, so beautiful and still yearning for love, for attention, for guidance. I always feel both completely exhausted and completely invigorated after a weekend with teens. They inspire me to be a better parent, a better mentor, a better person.
Readers, listeners, dear friends, beautiful hearts exists, in fact they are in abundance! Look for them, embrace them, and dwell THERE.
Miracles from Heaven
DVD and Blu-ray
Anna Beam has an incurable disorder, causing almost constant pain, limited activities, and excruciating anxiety for her family. It’s a condition everyone has learned to live with and they simply try to cope as best as possible. Yet their world changes when Anna takes a terrifying fall into the center of a hollow tree.
Sustaining serious injury, her family and rescuers could not immediately get to Anna. And that is when she says she visited heaven. Once responders were able to reach and extricate her from the tree trunk, Anna told of her remarkable, and bewildering, visit.
There was apprehension. But as Anna began recovering from the injuries sustained in the fall, something miraculous happened, she also began recovering from the chronic illness that had plagued her for years.
Miracles from Heaven, starring Kylie Rogers as Anna Beam, and Jennifer Garner as her tender and tenacious mother, Christy, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
It is a movie about love, family, and how just a little faith can bring about a BIG miracle.
Purchase your copy from Amazon today!
STAR TREK BEYOND | Movie Premiere
Admit 2 with hotel package
The incredible folks at Paramount and Def Jam have generously donated a movie premiere package for two lucky people!
100% of the proceeds from this auction will go to Point Hope, a voice for forgotten children. It’s a cause that is so very dear to me!
The lucky auction winner will enjoy two nights at a San Diego hotel (tbd) and two tickets to the STAR TREK BEYOND movie premiere that will be shown at the Embarcadero Marina Park, at the first ever outdoor IMAX premier event. They’re even throwing in a $100 gift card for some spending money!
It all happens during Comic-Con, so hotels are not only spen-dy but nearly impossible to come by! It’s a great opportunity!!
Head over to my web page, Delilah.com, to get ALL the details and the auction link. This offer ends Friday morning at 8:00am Pacific Time, so BE QUICK!!!
Watch the STAR TREK BEYOND movie trailer featuring Rihanna’s new single, Sledgehammer!
Rihanna | Sledgehammer
From STAR TREK BEYOND
“I was bracing for the pain and then I Let It Go
I gathered all my strength and I found myself WHOLE”
Comes the achingly soulful lyrics to Rihanna’s new hit single, Sledgehammer, featured in the new STAR TREK BEYOND motion picture premiering later this month!
(See your chance at Premiere tickets above.)
Know what I love most about it? Besides it’s haunting beauty that is… It’s a song of EMPOWERMENT.
It speaks to the feelings of being utterly lost and bereft, but finding the inner strength and courage, not only to survive, but surge forth in triumph!
Befitting the movie, yes. But also to so many life situations and a that I hear from my callers about each and every day. Life challenges are just bricks, and you, my readers, are the sledgehammers!
The kids love, love, love to make brownies. And eat them. Copious amounts of them. While left to their own devices, these chocolaty pillows of pleasure would come from a box, but Mamma Bear often intrudes and encourages them “scratch it.”
Here’s what we came up with the other night. We dubbed them Broadway Brownies, because I was talking about my experience with Broadway in Bryant Park, and because after eating we decided they were Award Winning!
• 1 cup vegetable oil
• 2 cup sugar
• 2 teaspoon vanilla
• 4 large eggs
• 1???2 teaspoon baking powder
• 2???3 cup cocoa powder
• 1???2 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup flour
• 1 cup chocolate chips
• 1 cup walnuts
• powdered sugar
• Preheat oven to 350°.
• Mix oil and sugar until well blended.
• Add eggs and vanilla; stir just until blended.
• Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
• Stir dry ingredients into the oil/sugar mixture.
• Mix in chocolate chips and walnuts
• Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan.
• Bake for 25 minutes or until sides just start to pull away from the pan.
• Cool completely before cutting.
To deny that these are trying times would be foolish. There is a crisis in our country that needs cool heads, communication, hard work, and faith to solve.
I’m not advocating for ignorance but only imploring you all to look for and look to the good, the beautiful, in every heart you meet; rest a little easier knowing that it is there!
Be well, be safe, be loved… and always, always, always Love Someone,