Posted: 5:32 pm Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
By Staff Writer
Welcome to a safe place.
Safe from the bullying, harassment, and negativity that the media has accosted us with lately. Politics? I’m beat. How ’bout you?
After last Monday’s debate I had to take a break from social media for a while. Soooo much anger out there. Made me sad and anxious to see it all.
A few days later pictures of kids, and animals, and food started circulating again and I was able to log back in to my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts without holding my breath.
Are you experiencing this negativity overload? Is it like nails on a chalkboard to you too?
Well, folks, I won’t do that to you, EVER!
On my show, here in my newsletter, at Delilah.com, and on my social media platforms, you will not find divisive material, soap box propaganda, or angst-filled rants. You WILL find unity, positive messages, uplifting stories, inspiring anecdotes, and lots, and lots, of fun.
In the world I invite you to share with me, we deal with the issues of the heart. We talk about hope and healing, of children and parents, and lovers and friends. We challenge you, oh yes, but only to love someone; to care.
You need never be afraid to turn your radio on and wonder if you’re going to hear something you have to have an awkward conversation with your child about. You don’t have to wait for a tirade to end to hear the next great song.
I want you to feel at home. Come in, kick your shoes off, loosen your tie, let your hair down, grab a cup of tea… I’m here to help you smooth OFF the rough edges of life and guide you toward peace in your day and peace in your heart.
Barry Gibb | In the Now
Once upon a time I was a small town girl, dancing in my high school cafeteria with two left feet, not caring one little bit as I did the Hustle and discoed down to The Bee Gees. I miss those days!
I mourned not only the loss of Robin and Maurice Gibb when they passed too soon, but also that carefree part of my youth.
But today I celebrate. Today Barry Gibb has given my heart, our hearts, something to be very, very glad of, In The Now.
A full album of original tracks, written with Barry and his two sons, Stephen and Ashley, Barry says it was written with the three of them just like the brothers used to do it back in the day; with great feeling and love.
“I will never forget my brothers; they will always be a part of everything I do. Our dream came true.” ~ Barry Gibb
It may not be the fountain of youth, but it’s got a youthful vibe and made me feel many years younger while listening.
With a group of great musicians backing him up, a strong bass line, and his iconic and very welcome voice, this album is already, In my heart, In my soul, In the now!
In The Now will be released this Friday, October 7, or you may pre-order it today from:
So many things to do before the cold season is fully upon us! With a farm and a fam, I’ve been busy preparing for months, but there is still much to do. For those of you with homes and autos, here’s a few helpful reminders:
- Clean your gutters – keep ’em clear of leaves and debris
- Get your chimney cleaned – avoid a dangerous chimney fire!
- Get your heating ducts cleaned and furnace tuned – Keep warm and give your respiratory system a fighting chance this winter
- Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Have some emergency rations in the home
- Make sure your tires are in good condition for winter roads
- Pack an emergency kit for your car if you get stuck in a storm
- Stock up on tissues
- Get your winter coats cleaned
- Find that missing mitten
- Tune in to Delilah – I’ll see you through the best and the worst Old Man Winter can throw at us
October Book Club | The Awakening of HK Derryberry
What if you walked into a fried chicken diner one day, one random day, and glimpsed a sight of a boy sitting alone at a table, ear pressed against an old boom-box that was held together with duct tape, and braces up his legs… What if?
Would it give you pause? Would you ask about him? Would you speak to him? Would the experience stay with you, follow you around, chase your brain in circles?
It did Jim.
My October Book Club choice is The Awakening of HK Derryberry.
HK Derryberry’s mother was killed when she was 6 months pregnant with him. Born premature and in great distress, he would spend the first 96 days in the hospital fighting against the odds to live.
Once stable he was sent home with his grandmother, a woman of little means, to make it the best he could in a world he could not understand, and one that could not understand him.
Blind and with other disabilities that severely affected his mobility, HK lived in relative isolation. That first morning that Jim Bradford met him, he was 9 years old, sitting in the diner where his grandmother cashiered, as he did all day long every weekend, listening to the radio.
Jim, an educated man who spent his Saturday mornings with his tennis buddies on the court, who rarely had more than one cup of coffee a day, had been on an odd mission to find a second. He was headed to a Starbucks when the sign for fried chicken caught his eye. He says, “God was my GPS that day.”
When Jim said, “Hi buddy” he had no idea how his world and HK’s would be forever changed. But it was.
Jim became friend and mentor, he unlocked HK’s life and HK opened up his. They would begin spending their Saturdays together, then their Sundays, and many, many more days in one another’s company for the next 13 years (and counting!)
HK would later be diagnosed with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory; the ability to recollect everything that has happened to him since age 3. He is, in a word, remarkable.
The Awakening of HK Derryberry is truly one of those rare finds that will impact your life. It’s a quick read, but it will leave you wanting to know more and more about HK, Jim, and their inspiring relationship. It is the PERFECT book for any book club! Enjoy.
Pick up your copy at Amazon.
WATCH Jim and HK tell their story.
We’ve got another month to go in this election cycle and then several more to adjust to whatever reality we as a nation are facing.
Let’s make a pact with one another; Let’s remember to look for the good in every one and in every day. Let’s try to stay focused on the positive. Let’s Love Someone.