Delilah Weekly Newsletter 

Your Life is a Garden!

  • 5:03 pm Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 by Delilah

I love to garden.

Since I was a kid alongside my parents and grandparents, I’ve loved to be out in the garden!

I love the feel of dirt in my hands, rubbing seeds in my palms and placing them in well prepared soil, watering, weeding… the thrill when the first little shoot comes out of the ground, and tingling joy watching those shoots stretch, and grow, and leaf out, bloom, and bear their fruit.
And oh boy, do I love to harvest and enjoy the bounty of the season!

Life is just like this!

If you want to plant seeds of love, you must first [More]

Weed Out the Negative!

  • 6:25 pm Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 by Delilah

One of the things my brain does when I’m not paying attention is script conversations that will never take place. Sometimes it’s things I’d love to say to my children, friends, or loved ones but haven’t exactly been invited to share an opinion on.

Too often I find myself arguing with people who have wronged, hurt, or frustrated me. In these imaginary scenes, I make my point, declare my stance, and am vindicated to hear them say “I’m sorry.” Sadly many of those I’m dialoging with are long gone; passed away or simply no longer a part of my daily life.

I [More]

Plant Peace

  • 12:16 pm Thursday, June 8th, 2017 by Delilah

Sum-Sum-Sum-Sum-Summatime!!!

OK, not officially, until the 20th, but it’s HERE and it’s glorious! Are you just as excited as I am?

In my neck of the woods, it was a very windy, soggy winter. We had storm after storm, the kind my Ozark mamma would have called “real toad stranglers.” I was SO DONE by February, but it just kept coming.  I tried to stay positive, I implored you to stay positive, but oh my word, I am so happy to welcome summer!

I’ve been out in the garden every chance I get. Tilling, planting, tending, waiting… for the first early peas, lettuces [More]

Make Memories Today!

  • 5:59 pm Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 by Delilah

I think one of the greatest gifts of my parents gave us kids, was the gift of great memories.

I have so many wonderful memories of my childhood, growing up with my siblings, our family, and our circle of friends. We went camping and boating and fishing and had thousands of cookouts and barbecues… OK maybe hundreds. But every holiday, and especially in the summer, we spent countless hours at the beach, on a lake, or in a river, having fun.

I’ve tried to re-create those memories for my children and a multitude of other children that I love.

I’m acutely aware of [More]

The Present; The Gift of Now!

  • 5:28 pm Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 by Delilah

All month long we’ve been discussing the concept of Anticipating Greatness. It seemed to be a good time to do so what with all the graduation and wedding planning going on.

When you think of future happenings, anticipate all the wondrous, marvelous, miraculous, fun, fulfilling, and exciting things… too many of us are addicted to gloom and doom, predicting nothing but everything that can go wrong.

Are you on a journey? Is a new chapter opening up for you? Are you one of the many graduates or someone that will be exchanging nuptials this summer? Maybe you’re starting a new job, retiring [More]

Anticipate Greatness!

  • 5:18 pm Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Delilah

I’ve spent time lately wondering why we are programmed to anticipate the WORST. I suppose it’s all part of self-preservation, after all, it would be foolish to think that we are immune to the negative forces of the world, that we could never come to harm physically or emotionally, and those we love and care for are too, immune.

But… How did this instinct for self-protection become, for many, the addiction to WORRY, to imagining the most terrible outcome of any situation, or even manifesting a situation that doesn’t yet exist. How do we become trapped in fear and anxiety?

Guess what? [More]

Happy Mother’s Day!

  • 12:26 pm Thursday, May 11th, 2017 by Delilah

Are you anticipating greatness today? This week, month or year?

I hope so. I hope you are looking forward with anticipation to greatness in yourself, your family and your community.

When we forget to anticipate greatness, and joy, and happiness, and instead focus on the negative, the oppressive, the miserable little things, we begin to live in fear and dread. Doing that messes with our health, our relationships, and our serenity.

While it’s important to prepare for the worst (emergency stores, emergency funds) anticipate the best!

If you’re a “future tripper” anticipate fun trips! What have you got to look forward to in late [More]

Glorious, Glorious, May!

  • 12:16 pm Thursday, May 4th, 2017 by Delilah

Ah May, glorious, glorious, May!

Stepping out my door, I’m delightfully assaulted by the scenes and scents of May. Daffodils, tulips, bluebells. Plum, apple, cherry, and pear blossoms. Twining grape, wisteria, passion, and clematis vine. Although Pacific Northwest skies are still more drizzle than dazzle, the buds and blooms don’t seem to take notice.

I hope you all survived the unrest that has come to define May Day in our country. Remember when it was all about construction paper cones filled with rhodie blooms? Knocking and running and watching as the neighbor found your surprise? I sure do.

That’s how we still celebrate [More]

Spring is… Summer’s mentor!

  • 11:01 am Thursday, April 27th, 2017 by Delilah

Yesterday I took a short trip to Los Vegas and hit the jackpot. I played no machines, bought into no table games, rolled no dice, but a gamble I made over 30 years ago paid of BIG.

Once upon a time I was told it couldn’t be done. I risked it all, literally, when I determinedly stuck to my guns and said, “Yeah, this evening call-in, storytelling, dedication-making, song-matching thing, hosted by a female WILL make it. It IS wanted, relevant, necessary…” and despite several nay-sayers, many nights eating ramen, putting my first baby to bed on floors of recording studios [More]

Full Home, Full Heart

  • 4:22 pm Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 by Delilah

Easter Sunday my kids came home. Well, not all of them, but many. My house was full, my heart was full.

We had a giant egg hunt, and it was wonderful to watch the older kids have as much fun hiding the eggs as the younger ones did finding them!

“Cold, cold, warm, warmer, hot, hotter, Sizzlin’!” “I spy with my little eye…” echoed across the lawns along with squeals of glee, and some disappointments as eggs were found, or reached just before someone else.

After the hunt came to a successful end, we ate; smoked ham and smoked tri-tip, asparagus, potato’s au [More]