Posted: 5:57 pm Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
By Staff Writer
When brainstorming for this month’s newsletters, I thought wrapping the month around a “Clean Slate” theme would be fun.
As I wrote in the Monthly, kids are headed back to school, summer is winding down, and now is a really, really, great time to take stock, and start the autumn months with a clean slate. I planned on writing of many ways that you could do this, and showcase some good ideas and fun projects, but…
Life, and in this case, nature, often make other plans for us while we aren’t paying attention. Like hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes… So much devastation these past weeks!
Out in the west, we have been worried about the wildfires, the smoke in the air, the acres and acres of timber we’re losing, and in many cases the buildings and landmarks that have been consumed.
But then along came Harvey, and our attentions were on the gulf. The fear and the flooding, and the lives that were in imminent danger.
And then, Irma. Mass evacuations for biggest storm in recorded history; and deadly earthquake in Mexico…
So instead of thinking up cute projects and words of wisdom for those unsettled by kids off to college, and quieter homes, my time and attention was spent praying nearly constantly. I still am.
It’s no exaggerations to say millions of our friends have lost every material possession, some have lost even more; a loved one.
My heart is big and swollen and sore, as I know yours is too.
New Podcast | Nicole Nordman, Singer/Songwriter/Author
Last week I had the pleasure of chatting with Nicole Nordeman.
Nicole is a mom. I’m a mom. Instant connection? Yes!
Perhaps you know Nicole because of a sweet, sweet song with an accompanying video that became an internet sensation. Slow Down was shared over and over again – 30 million times! – because the message resonated with all of us moms, and dads, and aunts, and uncles, and friends… anyone who has witnessed the miracle of a child grow from an infant to an adult in what seems to be just a heartbeat.
Nicole now has a book by the same name, encouraging moms to embrace the everyday moments of motherhood. Slow Down, is available everywhere books are sold.
We visited about the music and book of course, but as with all my conversations, we spent time on REAL LIFE, the real Nicole, her real family, and the really important concept of not taking childhood for granted; it slips by oh so quickly, and we need to be present and enjoy every single minute of it.
Join us, we’d love your company at
Conversations with Delilah.
Recipe | Sloppy Joe’s Pizza Style
I love receiving good ideas in the mail! Here’s a note from Dennis, who includes a recipe for Sloppy Joe’s made with pizza sauce. Perfect dinner for a busy week!
Hey there friend!
I so enjoy the mission of your program and how you want to heal broken relationships and bring people together.
I got so excited when I saw you wanted yummy recipes! So many memories of my childhood are about family and food. I think growing and cooking food brings people together in such a strong way. I’d like to share this recipe with you:
-1 pound ground beef
-1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
-1 onion- chopped
-1 jar pizza sauce
-1 cup mozzarella cheese – shredded
-Brown ground beef in a skillet with a bit of oil.
-And chopped onions and seasoning, cook until onions are translucent.
-Drain fat. Return to heat.
-Add pizza sauce, reduce heat to simmer. Cook for ten minutes.
-Serve on buns and top with cheese.
-This recipe can be easily doubled…
Yum! Thanks for the tip, Dennis. I”ll be serving this to my hungry kids in the near future!
Suicide Prevention Week
I received a call from an old friend the other night.
He shared that his son, who just started his 6th grade year, lost his best friend to suicide recently. 11 years old! What a thing to happen, and what a thing for my friend’s son to attempt to process. His heart is forever broken and the entire school and community in a state of shock.
As a result, my friend has become involved in suicide prevention awareness. This big mountain of a man, (6’7″) wept as he spoke to me of his son’s friend, and how NO ONE knew how to address the child’s pain and depression.
We need to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues. We need to let children, adolescents, and adults know that it’s OK to reach out when they need support. There should be no shame involved. They, you, are NOT alone!
If you, or anyone you love is having suicidal thoughts, please, TALK TO SOMEONE.
New Music | Sam Smith
Too Good at Goodbyes
It’s always a treat for me to have guests on the show, and being able to have Sam Smith join me was fantastic!
Sam and I talked for a good long while and besides being charmed by his lilting British accent, I easily fell under his spell because he is an incredibly genuine nice guy!
Join me on the air this Friday, just as Sam will, for Friday Nite Girls! You’ll all be able to relate as he talks about his relationships, the angst his last album was inspired by, and his path to recognizing that to make good soulful music you really don’t have to be in a bad place.
If Too Good at Goodbyes is any example, I’d say he’s landed on the right formula. It’s brilliant!
Welcome back, Sam!
There just isn’t enough air-wave time to share the whole conversation we had, but lucky for you and me, my new podcast series isn’t limited to a few minutes. I’ll be able to share the entire interview with subscribers soon! (It’s free you know, so if you haven’t subscribed before, do it now!)
One of the subjects we touched upon was depression, which Sam openly shares that he’s experienced. I asked him if he had anything to say about suicide, since it’s National Suicide Prevention week. He did, “Talk to someone. You don’t even have to talk about IT, just talk. Get out of your own head, it really helps.”
I spoke before about the storms and the havoc they’ve wreaked upon millions… and I do want you to hold those affected in your hearts!
I want you to find ways that speak to you to help others in need. Maybe it’s donating money, maybe it’s donating time, perhaps it’s taking in a displaced family.
One thing is for certain, my listeners are compassionate, giving people. Of this I have no doubt.
I also want you to remember that the sun is still rising in the morning and setting in the evening. That material possessions can be replaced, homes and communities rebuilt. There is still so very much to be thankful for in our world. I have heard as much from many of the survivors. It is their faith and optimism that have literally and figuratively kept them afloat.
I want to take this time to thank you. Thank you for your kindness, your generosity, your strength and courage in the face of danger. Thank you for your faith in Our Lord, and in your fellow man.
You are strong, we are stronger together, and together is where we are!
God bless you all!