Posted: 2:23 pm Friday, October 6th, 2017
Fall arrived officially a few weeks back, but for me it does not arrive authentically until October is upon us!
Even though temps may still be high in many areas of the country, I bet most of you are sensing change. The subtle smell and crispness in the morning, the earlier sunsets, and in many areas the leaves are certainly starting to color.
I love the changing of the seasons and the hope and promise that each cycle brings!
I wish that I could revel in it more this year without the distractions of the devastation that storms and the tortured human spirit have inflicted upon us. I’m sure you are as well, and my heart is big and sore for those that had to face one or the other in person. You all are truly my heroes!
Are you finding yourself full of despair? Feeling like evil is trumping good? It’s not.
Love is alive and well, and it’s within YOU right now. Please remember that! I want you to know that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. It’s a very personal experience. You should not feel this or that. Feelings are feelings.
If you are grieving, please practice self care! Eat, shower, dress, try to get out of your house every day. If you are feeling hopeless or not able to find your purpose, reach out a helping hand to others. You’ll be surprised at how helping someone, even the slightest gesture, brings great rewards!
Call your parents, your child/children, your friends. Ask them how they’re feeling. A good mood might rub off on you. And, if your blues don’t lift in a few weeks, seek professional help. Start with your family doctor and go from there.
You are important and must treat yourselves as such!
October Book Club | Same Kind of Different As Me
by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
On February 1, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Joint Resolution of Congress submitting the proposed 13th amendment, which formally abolished slavery in the United States, to the state legislatures.
Astonishingly, entire families were held virtual captive in rural areas of the south, made to pick cotton, clean houses, take punishments and abuse, and live in squalid conditions for a nearly a century more; in rare cases up until the 1960’s!
In Same Kind of Different As Me, you’ll meet Denver, a man raised under this type of plantation-style slavery in Louisiana in the 1960s. He escaped, but what does a man unused to the modern world, and bitter to the soul do with his new-found freedom? He wandered, homeless, angry, and hostile, for 18 years in Dallas, Texas.
You’ll also meet Ron, and international arts dealer, who’s lived a life so completely opposite that of Denver, that it’s difficult to mention them in the same breath.
And then there is Deborah, Ron’s wife, who is currently being held by a different hostage-taker, cancer.
How they all come together is, of course, a God thing. Deborah believed in the power of prayer, and listened intently for direction from God. She obeyed what she believe He was telling her to do, and charges her husband to rescue a dangerous homeless man… Thus an unlikely trio was formed.
Same Kind of Different As Me is the emotional tale of their story: a telling of pain and laughter, doubt and tears, a story of how one woman’s faith and trust in GOD saved a life.
Now an inspirational film with the all-star cast of Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, and Jon Voight, you can pick up the book at any booksellers, and find the movie in theaters on Oct 20th.
Conversations with Delilah | Wynonna!
I love my girl, Wynonna! We go waaaaay back, and even though we don’t get the chance to see visit often, I instantly connect with her when we are able, like last week! I gave Wynonna a call to chat about her new music, and we managed to stay on track for the most part.
Wynonna has been dealing with empty nest syndrome and the tears and fears and uncertainty that come with it. Come and give a listen to what’s going on in the life of a legend, and I bet you’ll come away feeling like you too, just had a chat with a beloved old friend.
Recipe Ideas | A Matter of Quince-iple
Quince. Know what it is? Ever tried it? If no, don’t bite into it raw! Yuck! Talk about nasty! But, if you know the secret to this somewhat hard-to-find fruit that is in the apple and pear family, then you’d be happy to take the share of those that would turn up their noses.
I am fortunate to have a graft of quince on a pear tree at my studios. The graft was done many years ago and now puts on a generous number of quince to harvest… but not quite yet.
Quince, which starts out as a lovely pink blossom and quickly turns into a knobby, gnarled, fuzzy fruit that looks like its been stricken with a terrible blight, doesn’t ripen as soon as their pear and apple cousins. They are a late Autumn crop, and are ready to pick when golden yellow in color and the fuzz has come off or is beginning to; usually mid to late October in the PNW.
Once you’ve picked, don’t just bite into it! Quince must be cooked to be palatable, and when it is, it’s the most delicious fruit you’ve probably tried all summer and fall!
Sweet, heady, perfumed, it is delicious. Use for pie filling, ice cream toppings, or in other fruit recipes, but first, poach!
3 large ripe quince (2lbs)
4 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
(may sub honey for 1/4 cup sugar)
Optional flavorings: Vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, zest of lemon/orange peel.
Peel the quince with a vegetable peeler
Cut the fruit in half with a large, sharp chef’s knife – it’s kind of like cutting a butternut squash, hard but spongy. (Not easy.)
Cut into quarters and trim away core.
Cut away any bruises, insect activity, etc.
Put clean quince in a bowl of cold water to prevent browning.
Mix together water, sugar, and any flavorings in a large saucepan and cover loosely with a lid. You want the liquid to be able to reduce a little to make a sweet syrup. Bring to a boil and slide the quince pieces in, replace lid loosely.
Simmer for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the quince is turns pink and tender.
Turn off the heat and either strain and use right away, or refrigerate the quince in the poaching liquid for up to 7 days.
Use over ice cream or as you would any canned fruit, for pies, tarts, and all your other favorite recipes. It also pairs wonderfully with pork!
Search farmers markets, Whole Food type stores, and your friends backyards for quince right now. Check the internet for more great quince-iples!
I seek to be a voice, and a light in the darkness for you. When you’ve had a good day, a bad day, and everything in-between day, I want you to be able to relax, unwind, and listen to someone who is interested in soothing your spirit, not working it into a frenzy.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for letting me that someone!