Full Circle

Full Circle 

Posted: 5:25 pm Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

By Staff Writer

This weekend, as expected, was a tough one; Sunday was Zachariah’s 19th birthday.

Another first, without.

Just as I did when we lost Sammy, I questioned, How? How will I do this? How will I get through each first, second, third, forever many days, moments, with out my boys? I rail at the unfairness of it all. I cry and sob and feel bleak and empty… and then the sun rises and it is a new day.

Knowing that April 15 would be excruciating, I planned ahead and immersed myself in a new project.  I had been introduced to an art medium last year that intrigued me; using torn bits of paper along with paint and canvas.

I found a cheap canvas print at my local Goodwill (you all know my addiction by now!) that I loved the shape of so I picked it up and covered it with a solid layer of base paint.

And I began.

This work is a departure for me, the background is texture, texture, texture; a wild, impulsive, explosive layering of shapes and images using everything from rubber stamps, to mason jar rings, to plastic wrap.

The foreground is three ravens, which have special meaning to me. After painting in the basic form, I employed the new technique I’ve been studying. I used pages from an older, damaged bible, and some music sheets from a time long ago when Zacky had some lessons. I first painted the papers, then tore them into strips and shapes to match the raven forms.

It was all consuming and immensely therapeutic. I did not try to do something to forget about my son, instead I gave birth, if you will, to a memory and image that makes me think of him. As I worked he was forefront in my mind, and I felt his spirit and energy.

The sun rose the following day.

I am here, my sons are not. I will breathe in and out, and pour myself into loving and being loved until the time the Lord decides a reunion is at hand.

April Book Club | Kind is the New Classy
by Candace Cameron Burr

BUY Kind is the New Classy

A few weeks back I introduced you to my April pick for the Delilah Monthly Book Club, Kind is the New Classy by Candace Cameron Burr.

Candace is known and loved by millions for her long-lived role on Full House where we watched her morph from an adorable young girl into a beautiful young woman.

Continuing her stellar career, she has had roles on The View, has starred in numerous Hallmark movies, and come back to play her original character in the TV series Fuller House. Whatever she undertakes, her kind and classy demeanor brilliantly shines through!

Her book, Kind is the New Classy, comes at an important time for our society’s collective consciousness. There is too much discord, too much focus on differences as opposed to similarities, and far too much vitriolic discourse.

Head to my Book Club section on Delilah.com to read more about Kind is the New Classy, and pick up your copy of this wonderful book, by a wonderful author HERE.

Comfort Food | Mexican Style Pot Roast

Judging by all the comments on my Facebook page, it is still very much winter in most areas of the US. It’s been predominantly cold, wet, and dreary at the farm as well, so we’re still in hibernation mode.  Bring on the comfort food!

This dish, tried, tested and appropriately adjusted by Steve Made, is a delicious infusion of the classic pot roast bursting with south-of-the-border flavors.

(Pulled, the meat works beautifully for burritos or tacos too!)


  • 2 – 3 ½ lb beef pot roast
  • 1 lb baby potatoes
  • 3 large carrots, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 20 oz can red enchilada sauce, medium spice (or as spicy as you like it!)
  • 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 4.25 oz can diced green chilies
  • 1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can corn, drained
  • 1 2.25 oz can sliced black olives, drained
  • Suggested toppings: Sour cream, Green Onion, Cilantro, Lime Slices, Avocado


  1. In a 6 quart crock pot pour ½ cup of the enchilada sauce to cover the bottom.
  2. Add roast and top with salt, pepper and remaining enchilada sauce.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours or until beef is tender.
  4. 2 hours into cooking process, turn over pot roast – add potatoes, onions and carrots.
  5. In the last hour of cooking add pinto beans, corn, black olives, diced tomato and green chilies.
  6. Garnish with sour cream, green onion, cilantro, sliced avocado, sliced lime and/or fresh squeezed lime juice.


New Auction | Bon Jovi Knockout Ultimate VIP Experience for Two
May 10, Madison Square Gardens, New York City

Congratulations to Bon Jovi on their induction into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

It is such a deserved honor and I’m thrilled to return the shout-out Jon gave me when I was inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame last year.

More than a group of super talented musicians, the men that form Bon Jovi have hearts of gold. As a prime example, they’ve donated an amazing once-in-a lifetime concert package to be auctioned for the benefit of Point Hope!

The incredible package for their May 10 performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City, known as the Bon Jovi Knockout Ultimate VIP Experience for Two includes:

  • Round Trip Airfare (continental US only)
  • 2 Night Hotel Accommodations
  • On-site VIP Host
  • Designated VIP Check In Area-Ticket in PREMIUM SECTION
  • Behind The Scenes Tour: Tour the inner workings of Bon Jovi’s tour production. Find out what it takes to produce the tour and transport it from city to city.
  • VIP Preshow reception and lounge; party like a rock star!
  • VIP Preshow Food/Appetizers and Beverages
  • Prizes and Giveaways (including memorabilia and limited edition items)
  • Preshow Party with Music playing your favorite Bon Jovi hits, and more
  • Bon Jovi Museum (view memorabilia worn and played on stage by Jon)
  • Commemorative Laminate and Lanyard – Backstage with JBJ Litho Autographed by Jon Bon Jovi
  • Exclusive Backstage with JBJ Tote Bag
  • VIP Exclusive Extended Tour Program
  • Exclusive Tumbler
  • Exclusive Guitar Pick Tin Set

Bidding is open via Auction Cause through April 22nd. 
Don’t miss your chance to purchase this up-close and personal experience
with Bon Jovi, it will not likely be available again!

**** BID NOW ****

I love the new album from Bon Jovi, This House Is NOT For Sale, pick it up at Amazon to listen to as you’re planning your trip to MSG!

I am thrilled to share some exciting news!

Yesterday my nephew, Cody – brother Tim’s oldest – welcomed A healthy, beautiful, baby boy into the world that my he and Tim are ecstatic will carry the Luke name.

No “deet’s” just yet, they are spending some time together, getting to know his spirit before naming, but mama and baby are doing well and we are already head over heels in love, and mesmerized by his perfect perfectness.

Children are such a gift from God, and I feel the joy of this precious, wanted, son so deeply.

Cousins, Cody and Shaylah, are also happy their children will be close in age, as they were growing up. My baby girl is due to have a baby girl in June!

God is good.