- 12:16 pm Thursday, June 8th, 2017 by Delilah
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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 4:36 pm Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 by Delilah
This past weekend I went hiking in the mountains with my family…
I’m not going to kid you, it was difficult for me. After some surgeries a few years back I haven’t been that active, but this year I determined that my days of lolly-gagging about were over. I started slowly by walking around my own property with my little Delilah encouraging every step.
My walks got longer, and I got braver, even climbing hundred of flights of stairs with my sister on a zip lining adventure last month. You, know what? My hip and back hurt like the dickens some times, [More]
- 11:42 am Thursday, April 6th, 2017 by Delilah
“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”
~ Emily Dickenson
Do you keep your soul ajar? Do you leave room in your soul and your heart and your life to welcome the ecstatic experience?
Or, are you so controlled, so controlling, so neat and tidy, so organized, so diplomatic, so right, so rigid, that you can’t leave your soul open, just a little, to welcome an experience that will change you, will re-arrange you, will open your eyes and your heart to possibilities?
Possibilities you never dreamed or imagined.
I think most of us fall somewhere in the middle. [More]