Posted: 4:36 pm Monday, September 10th, 2018
By Staff Writer
The year was 1978 and it was the first September of my life that my mother hadn’t made me a breakfast of something like Ralston and toast with a banana and sent me off to school…
I’d recently graduated, moved from my small home town to a city a few hours away, gotten my first apartment and would be sending myself off to class at a community college. What was I studying? Broadcasting, of course!
My older brother, Matt, was too at college – just 40 minutes up the road at the University. While we weren’t exactly the inseparable duo we’d been most of our life, we were still pretty tight. The love of music was one of the things we shared. He could sing and play multiple instruments, I could hook him up with singles from the radio stations I worked at. That’s about where my musical talents ended, but it worked for us.
That fall, Earth Wind and Fire, one of my brothers favorite bands, released “September.”
It still gets air play this time of year, which makes me happy, because Matt has been gone for over thirty years now, but this song is something that brings him, and wonderful memories, back to me year after year.
“Our hearts were ringin’
In the key that our souls were singin’
As we danced in the night, remember
how the stars stole the night awayyyyy
Hey hey hey
Ba de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancin’ in September
Ba de ya, never was a cloudy day..”
September, by Earth Wind and Fire
I’m sure you have memories of your September’s and I’d love to know about them! Write to me! D@Delilah.com will get your messages into my mail box. Looking forward to reading them all!
September Book Club | One Heart At A Time
This certainly doesn’t happen every day… Me attempting my own review that is! So instead, let me just tell you about my new book, One Heart At A Time, what it’s about, and how it came to pass.
At Rosetta Books urging, I began the process of putting my journey, referred to by many as “philanthropy,” (but something I simply call giving back) down in written format.
It’s something I believe we should all be encouraged to do, and what my goal was and is with this book. It’s also my belief that giving back is something that we are born understanding. We are social creatures and intrinsically know that we need one another to survive. Our God-given knowledge is often discouraged however, and we are conditioned instead to be ego-centric beings.
One Heart At A Time is all about my personal philosophy; big change happens by small measures. One. Heart. At. A. Time.
In my book, I’ll tell you about my family, my upbringing, my childhood and many life experiences – the good, the bad, the ugly, and the down right hilarious – and I’ll talk about how this life I’ve led, and the people in it, have shaped me into the person I am today.
“If we are going to change the world, one heart at a time, we must make sure we and those closest to us are fully engaged and aware of the beauty of the natural world, fully engaged in real life, real connections, real human and nature interactive experiences. We should be more excited about reality than reality shows…
…What if you took it upon yourself to spend time with a young person, instilling in them something to care about?
…Believe in a young person, and you will change the world for that person. Teach a young person that talking is better than texting and reality is better than virtual reality – and indeed you will be doing that child and this world a great service.”
One Heart At A Time was a true labor of love. Finishing it was a true labor! Continuing to write after I’d lost my Zacky was difficult, to put it in the mildest terms, taking every ounce of effort I could muster. But One Heart, is also a tribute to my son, who has challenged and shaped me from the very moment he was conceived, and will continue to do so until our glorious reunion in the house of Our Father.
I hope the book inspires and motivates you to reach inside yourself, through the web of personal experiences, triumphs, and tragedies, and take just one step outside your own reality in order to make a difference in another’s life. In doing so you will feel your own weight lifted, and be awed at the domino effect of good and ever expanding love that you’ve initiated.
We’re going to change the world with love, one person at a time, one heart a time. Take the time in your life to know the person you’re next to, to know your neighbors, to care for your friends, and know what is on their heart.
One Heart At A Time will be available on October 12, in paperback, digital, and audio formats.
Please take a moment to visit the One Heart book page, which has more information about the book, its author (me!), endorsements from the likes of Debbie Macomber and Robin Roberts, and pre-order your copy today!
Visit One Heart At A Time
New Music | Egypt Station
I’ve had a crush on Paul McCartney since I was old enough to crush. Some things just never change and that makes me so so happy!
You know what else makes me happy? Sir Paul has released an all new album, Egypt Station, the first full album of all-new McCartney music since 2013.
Paul says, “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station.’ …I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from.”
And the press release says this:
True to the inspiration behind its title, Egypt Station’s 14 songs combine to convey a unique travelogue vibe. Between the opening and closing instrumentals “Station I” and “Station II,” each song finds Paul capturing a place or moment before transporting the listener seamlessly to the next destination.
Stops along the way include an acoustic meditation on present day contentedness (“Happy With You”), a timeless anthem that would fit on virtually any album of any McCartney era (“People Want Peace”), and an epic multi-movement closer clocking in at seven minutes with a song suite structure harking back to the days of Paul’s previous combos (“Despite Repeated Warnings”).
The result is a kaleidoscopic journey through myriad musical locales and eras, yet firmly rooted in the here and now–with Paul’s singular unmistakable melodic and lyrical sensibility serving as a guide.
Two tracks were previously released as singles; the plaintive ballad “I Don’t Know” and raucous stomper “Come On To Me.” I loved both as much as I love the album cover, McCartney’s own art work of course. (I’m tellin’ ya, CRUSHIN’!)
I’m climbing aboard at Egypt Station and think you too should get your ticket to ride!
PRE-ORDER Egypt Station HERE
New Recipe | Beery Cheesy Jalapeño Loaf
Fall is in the air, in fact, we tried to have a BBQ at the studio Tuesday and even though the sun was shining brightly, the wind was from the north and so cold we picked up our plates and headed in to eat in the dining room!
I can’t think of a better way to eat my way through this transitional time that with a mix of fresh veggies and fruits from the garden and some warm comfort foods like soups. Paired with those items, there can be nothing better than a thick slice of this dense cheesy bread.
Made with a beer batter base, and incorporating a little spice (not too much) with jalepeño peppers, it’s just the ticket to a tailgater, an office potluck, or your next family meal.
It’s “Steve Made” of course, so you know it’s been tried and tested. Here ya go!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup packed shredded pepper jack cheese
- 1/4 cup pickled jalepeño peppers, chopped
- 2 tablespoons green onion (green part), chopped
- 12 ounces of beer
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Grease a 9 x 5 bread loaf pan with butter.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, garlic salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
- Add the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, jalepeños, and green onion, stir until combined.
- Add beer to mixture, using a spatula stir until combined and batter is wet.
- Transfer the batter to the greased loaf pan. Use the spatula to level the top.
- Add the melted butter to the top of the batter, making sure to cover the entire top of the batter.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until a knife inserted in the middle of bread comes out clean.
- Remove bread pan from oven to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes. Then remove bread from loaf pan and let cool on wire rack for 5 more minutes.
Mmmmm. Thanks Steve!
Movie Sweepstakes | INDIVISIBLE
Every marriage faces challenges. The small every day type that come with the reality of two people living in close proximity, ever jostling to give one another the right balance of attention and space. And the large ones that accompany unexpected circumstances – upsets, upheavals, sickness, and the unknown.
INDIVISBLE is based on the true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather who, with a strong, faith-filled marriage, are ready to follow their calling: serving God, family, and country. Idealism is met with the reality of an abrupt and lengthy deployment in Iraq, the horrors of war, of loneliness, of two realities that are so very different from one another.
Darren and Heather have anchored themselves as pillars of strength among those who need it the most; the deployed soldiers fighting to stay alive, and the families left behind tensing at every phone call and knock at the door. Who can they cling to when realizing that they too have been deeply wounded by this incomprehensible experience?
INDIVISIBLE, is the story of one marriage … one family … under God. In theaters beginning October 26, starring Sarah Drew, Justin Bruening, Jason George, Tia Mowry, and Madeline Carroll.
Now through September 9th, you can enter my Red Carpet Movie Flyaway Sweepstakes for an opportunity to win a trip for two (2) people to fly to Memphis, Tennessee to watch INDIVISIBLE on October 2, 2018 at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Memphis!
The sweepstakes package includes:
- Round trip coach airfare for TWO people
- Two nights hotel accommodations
- Two tickets to the red carpet movie event
- And a $100 cash gift card!
Memphis is waiting for you!
(No purchase necessary. Void in Alaska, Hawaii, and where prohibited.
Open to contiguous US/DC residents, 21 and over.)
August was certainly a busy month! I traveled waaaay too much, all for great reasons, but it wore me out!
I had a class reunion (Class of ’78, did I mention?!) and spent 3 days in the company of my childhood friends and classmates, reliving the glory days. I went on vacation with the kids – a few times, visited NYC – TWICE – for Broadway in Bryant Park, and even officiated at a dear friend’s wedding.
I think I’ll stay put for a while around the farm and closer to my studio. While training of Peek-A-Boo my Christmas pooch is coming along, the corn, apples, squash, cucumbers, pears, and loads of other produce refuse to harvest themselves upon command. Darn it!
The two school kiddo’s, Blessing and Delilah Jr., are back in classrooms, so it’s just BaePaul and I, with my friend and helper Kimmy, banging in and out of the barn and gardens and house.
I’ve been curing and canning and freezing… and silently praying that I remain mindful and don’t somehow try to “put up” BaePaul – tho if I could preserve his sweet innocent little self so I would always have it around, I just might try!
I hope this finds all of you in a “good tired” sort of way after a summer full of fun and adventure, memories made, and enjoying the changing of the season into a more routined, restful period.
I also hope you’ll check out the page for my new book, One Heart At A Time, which is my own heart, poured out in typewriter characters over 231 pages. I so appreciate your support of this endeavor!
Be well my dear friends. Today and everyday, Love Someone!