Posted: 4:54 pm Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
By Ian Eirish
Has everyone accepted that summer is coming to an end? It’s difficult for me to face this reality, but with all the kiddo’s back in school, and our morning and afternoon routines beginning to take shape, it’s pretty hard to deny.
Having the kids away does give me more time in the middle of the day to focus on other things, and even though I’ve got a little man tied to my back or nestled in my arms these days, I still have some freedoms I didn’t when everyone was home and underfoot.
One of the things I do around this time of year is focus on making positive changes. Call me impatient, but I don’t wait until New Year’s to make resolutions – I like to call them pledges to myself.
I make all my wellness appointments in the fall; screenings, check ups, etc. It’s a really great time to get it all out of the way before the holidays hit, or the very short daylight hours are upon us. I encourage you to do the same!
Get your teeth cleaned, eye’s examined, girly part’s checked, and scope out all other health risks. If you’ve been struggling with the blues or deeper depression, seek professional counseling.Take time to take care of yourself so that you are the most healthful, most beautiful, and your most confident self!
If we don’t prioritize our health and well-being, we can’t truly be there for others. Realize this: You are important. I am important. We are important!
New Podcast Friday 9/22 | Logic, 1-800-273-8255
Producer Janey and I have been hard at work creating an exciting new podcast series called Conversations with Delilah.
We love this new medium, which allows me to go in-depth with my studio guests and on topics that I want to spend more time on than a radio format allows.
My newest production features the hip-hop artist, Logic. OK, perhaps that’s a bit of a departure from what you’re used to on my show, but hey, when something touches my heart, it touches my heart. There are no “categories” for love and understanding.
Logic, born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, grew up in extremely dysfunctional circumstances. He was a bi-racial child of cocaine and alcohol addicts, his siblings were dealers and he was the kid everyone gave up on. He was adrift and at risk as a teen on his own until he met a mentor in the music business and was able to turn his life around. We had an amazing conversation!
Logic is behind the hit single 1-800-273-8255 ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid. The title is the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It is a powerful anthem of hope to those contemplating the unthinkable act of ending their lives.
“According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL), in the three weeks following the single’s release, calls directed to the NSPL rose by 27%, while visits to their website increased from 300,000 to 400,000 over the following months.”
His medium may not be something you’re used to listening to, but I encourage you to do so. His message is spot on, and his delivery sincere and necessary.
Watch the 1-800-273-8255 Video
Check Conversations with Delilah on Friday to listen to the podcast!
Paint the Town | Springfield, MO
This weekend I’ll be at our annual Paint the Town event in Springfield, Missouri with 105.9 KGBX, and SERVPRO®
This community-building restoration event is one of my absolute favorite activities of the year! Volunteers sign up through their local affiliate and show up en masse to give back to their communities.
This year we’re painting Springfield’s historic Commercial Street lined with centuries old brick buildings with incredible “faces” that could tell a thousand tales. Workers have been on site for some time power washing and prepping the wooden doors and window trims that will receive a fresh coat of paint and lots of L.O.V.E.
SERVPRO® has partnered with us this year, and we are so very grateful! Who better than the clean up and restoration experts to help you do just that?! They are a radio sponsor as well, but generously reached out to us to support our efforts.
If you ever have water or fire damage call 1-800-SERVPRO, they’re HERE TO HELP®.
See you soon Springfield!
Comfort Food | Fried Green Apples
With the rains and wind, come windfalls. Apples, lots of them, carpet the ground around my fruit trees. The temperature has dipped and the cooler weather (combined with my anxiety over the extreme weather in other areas) makes me crave comfort foods.
One in particular comes to mind that my mom made. Looking back this dish subtly signaled the decline of warm weather into wet weather that would stay with us coastal folks for many many months; Pork Chops with Fried Green Apples.
Of course, the apples don’t need to be green, but they do need to be crisp and tart. There simply isn’t anything better in the fall. Paired with a spinach, red onion, and pear salad with Gorgonzola cheese, this meal takes me home again and makes me feel warm all over!
Fried Green Apples
makes 4-6 generous servings
5-6 medium crisp, tart, apples – cored, sliced, skin on
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
dash of cinnamon
In large cast iron skillet (or heavy pan) heat butter and add apples. Cook on high for a few moments to allow apples to slightly blacken and caramelize
Turn down heat and add white sugar, cook until apples are tender
Add brown sugar and mix thoroughly
Sprinkle with cinnamon
Spoon over cooked pork chop and serve
As I sign off on this newsletter, hurricane Maria is tormenting Puerto Rico, an American territory that has already been suffering economically for quite some time.
I am praying for the safety of all there, and also for the calming of the seas this hurricane season. There has been so much dread, fear, and devastation already.
I most fervently pray than when the season has ended, and the damage has been assessed, both in terms of lives and property, that we will all feel compelled to help in real, tangible ways.
Those of us that have not been directly affected cannot simply sigh with relief and go on with our comfortable lives when so many of our brothers and sisters suffer. Pray about this please.
Can you take time off work to help with clean-up efforts? The gulf coast can use you now! Nursing skills? Organizational savvy? Do you have extra space in your home that you might offer up to a displaced family? Can you sew, knit, crochet?
Please God, help us to see and understand the plight of others and embrace those who are suffering, such as you do with your children. Let us come together as a nation and help to rebuild.
Thank you, as always, for allowing me into your lives, you are all so beautiful to me!