Welcome one and all to the Season of Generosity!
December is upon us, Christmas is nigh, and while I DO so believe that we should try to find ways to give to others and to our communities every day of the year, there is no denying that right now, the air is full of good tidings, gladness, gratitude, and generosity!
If you can spare a dime, there are many incredible organizations and people out there that can use it! If you have a skill or talent like making or baking, someone can benefit from it. If all you have is time, there is someone who may literally be dying to spend it with you. And, if you have none of the above, there's one thing you DO have, and that's the ability to be generous of spirit. Give that. Give, and give, and give... the more you give away, the more you'll be capable of sharing.
With all the stress that comes with the holiday season, it's easy to become short tempered, to get caught up in gossip and passing judgement on others who are in different circumstances than yourself or making different choices than you would. I encourage you to take a step back from this behavior and give yourself and others the gift of a generous spirit. You'll be repaid in ways you cannot ever imagine. This I promise you!
Trying to think of ways YOU can give back? Visit my BLOG where I've listed just a few!
December Book Club | Nerves of Steel
by Tammie Jo Shults
When hearing stories that involve amazing feats of incredible strength, character and composure, you probably ask yourself, "How were they able to DO that?!" and, "Would I have been able to do it?"
And, like me, you probably heard the story of Southwest Airlines Flight #1380, when on April 17, 2018, a Boeing 737 experienced catastrophic engine failure causing an explosion that severed hydraulic and fuel lines, tore away sections of the plane, punctured a window, and took a woman’s life…
Were those your questions about Captain Tammie Jo Shults, and her first officer, Darren Ellisor, who were able to somehow stabilize the aircraft and safely land, saving 148 people aboard? They were certainly a few of mine!
Nerves of Steel, my December pick for the Delilah's Book Club is going to provide the answers and so much more!
This is Tammie Jo’s story; the daughter of a humble rancher who became one of the Navy’s first female F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilots. The book will tell you how she became a flight instructor, and after leaving the Navy, a commercial airline pilot, and how she developed the skill set, along with the thick skin and the self assurance needed to persevere through the many obstacles and set-backs she faced before that fateful April day.
When you’ve had THOSE questions answered, you’ll know just what kind of person, and what kind of pilot she is, and you’ll have a much better idea of the internal power she was able to draw from to get that plane under control and back on the ground without any additional lives lost.
At no point in her life or her career was Tammie Jo promised success. In fact, she faced opposition at every turn. But she only allowed that to fuel her desire to succeed. And so, 20 minutes into a routine domestic flight (that she wasn’t even originally scheduled be on, ) when everything went terribly terribly wrong, Tammi Jo Shults was the very thing necessary to set all to rights.
In her mind (and mine!) there is no doubt that God prepared her and placed her where she needed to be that day. Nerves of Steel is one of those books that seems to come along just when you need it; when you might be questioning yourself or your path. It's the remarkably inspiring story of a remarkably inspiring woman, who reminds us that we all have a greater purpose than perhaps we are even aware of. (It would be an inspiring read to find wrapped and under the tree come Christmas morning!)
Find your copy HERE
Sweepstakes | My 12 Stockings of Christmas
Through December 20th
Oh what fun! My 12 Stockings are once again hung by the chimney with care, and all month long I'll be dropping gifts inside... Well, up until December 20 anyway, from there my job is limited to GIVING THEM AWAY!
You know how this works - All the year through, I'm on the lookout for great gifts: music, products, and goodies that I want to share. I start collecting 12 of each and quietly setting them aside until December arrives when I begin dropping them, one by one, into my 12 giant stockings.
Each time I put in a new prize, I'll announce a key word over the air. When you hear it, you can enter the sweepstakes by texting it to 48484 or through the Sweepstakes Entry Page.
So be listening! You may enter each time a new product key word is mentioned. There are 12 in all this year (which I shared in a special newsletter last week,) and you can see them all by going to Delilah.com where I've listed each and every one!
Recipe | Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower
Holiday meals and gatherings are abundant this time of year, and so are the calorie dense (but sometimes nutritionally deficient) dishes served at all these sumptuous soiree's. So I'm always thrilled when I come across one that's deliciously guilt-free.
One such side my grandkids all seemed to love this Thanksgiving, was a beautiful bowl of Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower. It included big chunks of red bell pepper which gave the dish a festive appearance.
Packed with flavor, fiber, and anti-inflammatory properties (shhhh, the kids don't need to know!) it's an indulgence you and your guests can load up on without feeling one single pang of regret.
You'll find the instructions on Delilah.com, along with more great recipes and food ideas. Click on over now!
Podcast | 3 New Episodes
Kristin Chenoweth | Wayne Chimenti | Me!
Three new episodes of LOVE SOMEONE with Delilah dropped last month.
The first was with Ms. Dynamic - Kristin Chenoweth. We had us some girl time! This talented lady has so much going on, like her new album, For The Girls, dedicated to all the woman who influenced her life and career, her Broadway Bootcamps, and the Kristin Chenoweth Arts and Education Foundation. She's a giver and you will be happy to receive. Take a listen!
Next up was Wayne Chimenti, a retired tall boat captain, and active program director and mentor to youth involved in The Community Boat Project in Washington State. Wayne came to the studios with a few of his interns working on the Shelter From The Storm program, a subset of the larger organization, that's busy building tiny homes. Wayne is kind and self-effacing, and doing immense amount of good things for kids, for community, and for his soul. Join us!
The final November episode was a special recognition of the Season of Gratitude, the month of Thanksgiving we found ourselves in. When the winds shift, and the leaves fall, it's easy to become wistful about things we DON'T have any longer (blue skies, warmer days...) but it's JUST AS EASY and so much better for our mental and physical health to think about all we have to be grateful for! I spoke to 3 different callers who shared their stories of gratitude (and threw in my 2 cents worth as well.) It's a "grate" as in "grateful" podcast you should listen to!
I've got a few ho-ho-hopeful topics to cover this month in the Season of Generosity too. Don't miss a single episode, subscribe to LOVE SOMEONE with Delilah on iHeartRadio or your preferred podcast platform!
Despite the fact that the flu came to visit last week, Christmas prep is in motion in the studio and at the farm (even if it's not exactly in "full swing.") Most stations that carry my program have switched to all Christmas music, and I hope that's brightening your world.
I've been busying myself with painting wooden "biscuit" ornaments in the evenings as I take your calls and share time with you on the air. I am at my best when I'm creating, and can't wait to give them away!
In a world filled with stuff, let's be generous with our time, our talents, and most especially, let's be generous of spirit! May your days be merry and bright, dear friends and radio family, and may all your Christmases be lighted by the radiance of The Star!