In Case You Haven’t Read Enough About Delilah …

Washington Post reporter Ellen McCarthy has written an in-depth article about Delilah, local celebrity in the town that shall not be named. McCarthy respectfully preserves Delilah’s privacy. She writes:

“Delilah’s business partner, Kraig Kitchin, who also works with Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, had one request in setting up this interview: that the small town she lives in not be named. In the past, Delilah has had problems with stalkers, including one who was jailed. Still, she’s a well-known figure around town, owner of a restaurant called Delilah’s Cozy Kitchin, and has been written up in the local paper.”

Granted there’s not just one local paper; neither are there scores to choose from. So it would seem that horse is already out of the barn.

Describing Delilah, McCarthy writes, “For her predominantly female audience, Delilah Rene’s show is the comforting auditory equivalent of chicken pot pie, a silk floral arrangement or an ’80s-era stenciled wallpaper border.”

The focus of the article is Delilah’s love life (the article publish on Valentine’s day). It’s a good read, thoughtfully written.

“Sit with the woman for a few hours, and she’ll run through the whole thing: the doomed marriages, the 10 children — three biological, the rest adopted — the drama and dysfunction,” McCarthy writes, then goes on to detail same.

I got a kick out of this description of Delilah:

“She displays a more chic aesthetic than her radio persona suggests: Today she’s wearing dark jeans and sophisticated glasses and talking in a cadence that is quicker and more animated than it is on air. But both versions of Delilah come with the same thunderous laugh.”

My thoughts: “Chic aesthetic” is a relative term, depending on whether you’re from Washington, D.C., or the town that shall not be named.

The article amply covers Delilah’s love life (portrayed as previously a mess, presently tenuous in nature). McCarthy does a nice job of explaining it in the context of Delilah’s professional success, hunger for children, contradictory personality and personal faith.

From the article:
“When a neighbor invited her to church the next weekend, she went. It felt as if everything the pastor said was directed straight at her. ‘And that was the day I gave my heart to God,’ she says.”

Speaking of a good read, Kitsap Sun reporter Steve Gardner — who once got on Delilah’s bad side for writing openly about her property while covering a land use issue — recently wrote about conversion (not Delilah’s and not only religious or spiritual). The article is about the conditions that make us receptive to making major life changes. Interestingly, two of Gardner’s subjects echo what Delilah said about religious conversion. While mending a tattered marriage, the couple began attending church, and …

“Over the next several weeks, the Andersons felt like the sermons were meant for them,” Gardner wrote.

Another woman in Gardner’s article, who suffered from a debilitating illness and severe isolation, took up roller derby. So you can see the term “conversion” is used in a broad sense.

Happy reading.

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