Mon. May 20th Songs that Speak to the Heart
Even ‘soul mates’ go thru rough patches. Relationships aren’t always perfect even if you’re with the perfect person for you. Loyal listener Amber recently learned that even when you try to prepare for the storms of life and relationships, you can’t avoid them completely…
I wanted to write to you and tell you about my amazing husband. We have been married for 11 years. We went through a rough patch for a while and we thought about giving up. When we first started dating we promised each other one thing: that at the end of each day no matter what, we would never end a conversation badly or go to bed angry.
Somewhere along the way we broke that promise to each other, and communication stopped. We literally passed each other in the house without saying a single word. We became strangers. We were lost.
We both listen to your show. He listens to it almost every night on his way to work. At the same time I am usually listening in bed. One night you played a song that is forever burned into both our hearts and minds -- Jason Mraz "I Won't Give Up." I tried calling him when I heard the song. His phone was busy. I tried again, still busy. It turned out he heard the song and was calling me too. Just to tell each other we loved each other. Neither one of us wanted to give up.
We lost each other briefly but now I think our love is stronger than ever. Once again we no longer bottle up our communication. He is my best friend and the love of my life! I thank God for him every day! Amber
I find it amazing how one song at just the right moment can be the trigger for change in a person or a relationship. What a great story! And I happen to love that Jason Mraz song so I’m glad I played it at just the right time for the right two people. If you a have a story about a song that has spoken to you, tell it to me. Call me at 1-888-633-5452 or email me at D@Delilah.com .
Fri. May 17th Gal Pals Unite!
What (or who) comes to mind when I mention the phrase “friend therapy?” Friend therapy is what happens when you get together with a good friend and you end up laughing or crying over the best discussion you’ve had in a long time. It whisks you away from the stressful day or the uneasy thoughts for a moment in time. It is encouraging and heart healing and I think I know a few girls who have it down pat…
I have a group of girlfriends who I have known for a long time now. I have known some of these gals for 23 years! This group is amazing. We have seen each other through deaths in the family, weddings, children, breakups, dancing the night away or just sitting quietly in support. I would love to send a shout out to these ladies - the strongest and best women I know!
Helen - Getting married in September to the man of her dreams!
Tanya - Currently finding her way through a lot of muck that came down these past few years - now finding happiness with a guy who seems to support and love her very much.
Michele - Her family has recently experienced some scariness and loss but they manage with grace and fortitude. Now a new little one is on the way and we aunties can't wait!
Julia - Her blended family has seen a lot in the last few years and more but with the arrival of a new baby recently they are happy and getting stronger. She's a strong woman whose support of all of us is amazing.
All are awesome women who I couldn't handle life without! Love my ladies - here's to being in the same nursing home later in life with a shared tiara and more memories than can fit in one lifetime.
Every Friday night I like to call together the ladies for a meeting of our Friday Night Girls Club – which is really nothing more than a reason to call your “bestie” and see how she’s doing, or come together for some friend therapy, or at least plan when you’ll see each other next. Guys, you’re welcome too of course! But you may have to get in touch with your sappy side. Who is the friend(s) that gets you through the day, the week, this sometimes hectic life? Call and send out your dedication to that person over the airwaves tonight: 1-888-633-5452.
Thu. May 16th Good Book Alert!
What would the world look like after you passed on? What if you were still on the scene watching events unfold, watching the people you care about carry on after your death? What if those people, who are only connected by you, gravitated together for a greater purpose? Helena Colden, a veterinarian who has just died of breast cancer is witnessing those events take place.
Neil Abramson’s book, Unsaid, is told from Helena’s perspective as she watches her husband, her farm life and the animals she loves suffer in life after her death. She watches her husband, David, struggle to take on the care of her farm animals while getting back to his life as a high-powered Manhattan attorney. She watches him crumble under the weight of depression and the demands of his work. She watches her loyal animal companions be neglected as a result of her absence.
As I pictured David’s life unraveling before me, my heart tore out for him. I wanted to make him sit down and slow down, take a breath and mourn. I wanted to help him with his animals and talk him thru his pain. I wanted to make him take more time before going back to his stressful job. But of course, he quickly gets thrust back into the demands of his fast-paced career.
David ends up in the courtroom on behalf of Helena’s old research associate who has raised and cared for a now-threatened chimpanzee that has made amazing breakthroughs in communication. The drama that unfolds before Helena threads together pieces of her life in a story that shows the special bonds between people and their pets. It shows the healing power of animals; it shows how they connect with us and communicate with us on many levels.
Having grieved the loss of pets and people, having rescued and raised horses, dogs, cats, and a variety of other animals, the book especially hits home with me. Each of my animals have their own distinct personalities and communicate in their own way. Each of them is an integral part of my life, like a piece of the puzzle that makes my life more complete. Even when it comes time to let them go, I know I’m better for having loved and having been loved by such loyal companions.
Go get Neil’s book Unsaid today, curl up with your loyal companion and enjoy this wonderfully compelling story. Click here to get the book now! You can also join my virtual book club and see my notes and participate in our discussion about Unsaid. It's a lot of fun! Find out more information on Delilah.com.
Wed. May 15th Spice up a Classic
When you’ve made a thousand grilled cheese sandwiches like I have (and I’m probably not exaggerating), you start to look for a different way to spice up this classic snack. When loyal listener Carolyn sent in her easy recipe for a chili hot bean soup, I couldn’t resist pairing it with a fun twist on an old grilled cheese favorite…
Chili Hot Bean Soup
1 lb. Hamburger
2 cans Minestrone soup
2 cans Chili beans, drained
1 can Rotel
To make the soup, brown some hamburger in a large skillet or pot. Add all the contents of the cans. Add water until your desired thickness. Heat and serve – preferably with grilled cheese sandwiches. Carolyn
Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Tomato, thinly sliced (optional)
Butter each slice of bread, then spread pesto over the opposite sides. Place cheese and tomato in between pesto slices and grill in a Panini press or a skillet.
What’s the recipe you’ve made a thousand times (or so it feels like) because your friends or family keep requesting it? I would love to get your people-pleasing dish and try it out on the people I love. Email it to me at D@Delilah.com today.
Tue. May 14th Sing Along with Straight No Chaser
Since the day I first saw Straight No Chaser in concert several years ago, they have remained one of my all-time favorite music groups on the planet. The guys (all 10 of them) have reinvented what you thought you knew about a cappella groups. In fact, Straight No Chaser pre-dates shows like “Glee” and “The Sing-Off” which have shown us how far a cappella has come from chorus lines of old to mash ups of modern day pop music. A cappella has become much more fun – thanks in big part to Straight No Chaser.
If this is all new to you, go to YouTube right now and search for their songs. I could spend hours watching them perform, truly they are that good! And if you don’t own any of their holiday albums yet, you are missing out on a necessary collection of Christmas music. I’m just saying.
So what’s next for these guys? Well, their fourth full length studio album was just released last week! Under The Influence features a handful of collaborations with mainstream pop stars, and its first single, a new spin on the Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back," is a crackling team-up with singer-songwriter (and "The Sing-Off" judge) Sara Bareilles. Straight No Chaser paired some of their all-time favorite songs with some of the biggest names in music: Phil Collins, Dolly Parton, Seal, Rob Thomas, Jason Mraz and more.
I’ve already listened to the entire album half a dozen times. Stop whatever you’re doing right now and go to their website SNCMusic.com where you can see bios, tour dates, learn about their album collection, and you can purchase Under The Influence online at Amazon.com. Or go to iTunes.com and download it directly to your playlist today. You’ll be singing their praises, and songs, in no time…