Posted: 5:12 pm Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
By Staff Writer
I love fall! Perhaps even better than spring or summer… well, perhaps not better, but… Oh, who am I kidding? I love ALL the seasons!
September, after a very expectant spring and summer, brought me my first two children; Isaiah and Shaylah. I have to admit, I am partial to this month.
More aptly, what I love the most is the changing of the seasons. That certain something in the air that is signaling nature to be on alert, for heat, for cold, for rain, for long days or short ones; “prepare” that something says!
I enjoy watching our natural world make it’s preparations for winter. It does so by gradually reducing our daylight hours, by bringing cooler temps and thunder showers, by ripening the last of the latent fruits, by delivering spectacular bouquets of mums and asters so the seeds can fall before the first frost. By giving us one more dizzying display that dazzles our eyes with a landscape of amazing color!
One of my favorite fall colors is the blue of an autumn sky. A blue like no other. Blue skies such as these greeted me one fine September day in Philadelphia 22 years ago. The blue of a sky I gazed in awe and wonder at on my way to the birthing center.
It was the exact same blue that met my eyes as I looked into those of my daughter’s, Shaylah, introduced some hours later. The exact same. A s if God had sensed my joy and pinched off a little piece of the heavens and placed them right where I would find them whenever I yearned for the blue of a fall day. This is what I believe happened.
My Shaylah has a deep and sensitive soul. She is kind and compassionate often to a fault. She FEELS on such a profound level, sometimes it is paralyzing to her. Perhaps it is the abundance of the heavens in her eyes. The wide expanse that allows too much to be taken in to be properly processed by a human brain.
These blue eyes can dance in glee, twinkle in mischief, moisten with feeling, flash in anger (though very, very, seldom) and fade in hurt. But blue and wide as the day she was born, they remain. A reminder of the gift given by God when he took a piece of the sky and gently placed in under her lashes, coloring her world with grace and beauty and endless possibility.
Each year the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) who are the gods of the radio world, bestow an honor upon radio stations and radio personalities, called the Marconi Award.
This award is named for Guglielmo Marconi who was known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission. It’s kind of like an Oscar, or an Emmy, but less known, because, radio…
I’ve been nominated several times, but just like the case of the bridesmaid that was never a bride, it had never made it’s way into my hands… Until last week!
How thrilled and honored I was to be the recipient of the Marconi Award for Syndicated Personality of the Year! When they called my name, it was one of those slo-mo moments. Was I really hearing them correctly? I was!
What a tremendous acknowledgement of the importance of this show and the message it delivers. What a tremendous acknowledgement of the importance of you, my listeners, and the content you want to be delivered into your homes, offices and cars. A message of love; content that is family-friendly.
It’s an honor I share with my producer, Janey, the engineers, production crew, sales, office, and editorial staff, and you. For without you, there is no Delilah show.
Congratulations, all of you, YOU’RE THE BEST!
Fried Chicken | The Copper Chef
Who doesn’t LOVE fried chicken? I sure do! It is the quintessential comfort food for me. Maybe because my mom was from the south?
This meal evokes memories of family picnics in the summer, paired with potato salad and chips, but also cozy fall and winter dinners, with a big helping of mashed potatoes and gravy on the side! Mmmm. My mouth is literally watering as I write about it!
I recently was introduced to an awesome new pan by The Copper Chef. It’s a non-stick copper skillet with super deep sides, so frying up a chicken (I have PLENTY of those, ya know!) or doing a hundred other things is super easy. Better yet, clean up is a cinch!
If you’re a fried chicken fiend like me, give this recipe a try:
• 4 chicken thighs
• 6 chicken legs
• 4 cups flour
• 2 tablespoons garlic powder
• 2 tablespoons onion powder
• 2 tablespoons cumin
• 1 tablespoon ground thyme
• 2 tablespoons black pepper
• 1 quart buttermilk
• 8 cups Canola Oil
1. Soak the chicken in buttermilk for 6 hours.
2. Mix the flour and seasonings.
3. Add oil to the Copper Chef pan and heat over medium heat*.
4. Place the fry basket into the pan.
5. Dip the chicken into the flour – coating evenly.
6. Carefully fry the chicken, 3 pieces at a time, in the hot oil for 15-20 minutes.
7. When done remove fry basket and set on side of the pot to drain.
8. Place the chicken & fry basket on paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
9. Serve with your favorite seasonal sides – Mmmmmmm
Find more recipes and get your pan at The Copper Chef.
Bon Jovi | Point Hope
This House Not For Sale
Many, many thanks to Bon Jovi, who in an amazingly giving gesture, donated a trip for two from the US to London to attend one of their concerts.
They included air fare, hotel, premier seating, and a meet-n-greet with photo session. Um… wow!
The package was auctioned off via Auction Cause and 100% of the proceeds, as was their wish, went to Point Hope.
Thank you if you participated in the bidding, and if you were the lucky “winner” of the auction, God bless you!
The money you spent will save lives. That is not an exaggeration. Plus, you’re going to have the time of your life!
Bon Jovi has some new tunes out, btw. Check out This House Is Not For Sale, at Amazon. The album is set for end-of-October release, but you can download some singles now… Rockin’ as usual!
May your eyes and your hearts take in all that the season has to offer. May you find joy, and inspiration to prepare for the winter months that are just around the corner, and may you always, always Love Someone,