I promise I will cut that “very long short”story down and stick to the parts relevant to our subject matter. Not easy. I have lived a long time and I have done a lot of things. But most of those things, if not all, have brought me to the point of building this website and sharing my point(s) of view with you. If you have come this far, I believe you are here for a reason– and that you may find an answer/s to your particular problem.

I’ll start at Seattle’s iconic Space Needle (photo above), because it is an integral part of my story.

Early on I pursued a career as a waitress. Wow, what a goal. But, I was 20, and the work was fun, really fun. I learned that it was fun flipping a few burgers in the local drugstore fountain grill. Understand, I am from a very small Eastern Washington town (pictured below), and to work on the top of the Space Needle was a lofty goal….


. . . A lofty goal, indeed . . . And I did go to work there, on top of the Needle, where I climbed to new heights (or rode the elevator) to wait on an expectant public, while enjoying a panoramic view of Seattle.

  (The Space Needle has a virtual tour online–check it out. They should pay me for this advertising, don’t you think?)  

  What I’m trying to say is I reached for a goal, which was special to me at the time, and I reached it. Or was it meant to be, a serendipitous occasion? Working at the Space Needle certainly did set me on more than one of life’s paths. 


                   I met my husband, Steve, there, working in the restaurant with the revolving dining room–


 And we’ve been going around in circles eversince.


 I’ll just leave it at this: It was meant to be. It was a God thing. Working for Western International Hotels (now Westin) under which the Space Needle then operated, gave me extensive food service training, fine dining skills, and confidence (no small thing), and left me with a taste for heights of excellence. Yes that was a pun, two of them. I like cliches too.


I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying. (Oscar Wilde)


A lot of truck images, huh? And that didn’t come next, but one day I stepped off the rotating platform and asked: What’s it all about, Alphie? If you are too young to know, or to care, that’s a Dionne Warwick hit song from 1966, the gist being, it’s time to look for real meaning from life. It’s also a great song, and that information probably dates me, but you’ll guess my age one way or another, and that I’ve been around more than one rotating platform since the Space Needle. The above photos tell you all you need to know about me as a person. Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?

So, during 14 years of professional studism, I lived in Alaska, Hawaii, and other places–this long enough for permanent wanderlust to set in. After graduating in Business Administration and Marketing, though English and Art were preferred majors–and writing an imaginary game, I started a food service business in the small town of my K through 12 formative years. I had to use that business degree, didn’t I?

(P.S. There’s a reason they call a Bachelor of Science degree, especially one in Business, a B.S. degree.)

Yes, I left Seattle (and Alaska, and Hawaii) and brought my big city husband to a small eastern Washington State wheat-farming community (reference orange truck photo above). And over many years, we operated all kinds of restaurants/bars/marinas/and etc., etc.

Though my current focus is on holistic, healthy, and natural living, including nutritional food, Steve and I are both into gourmet cooking, eating, and dining out–though we have to travel out of town to find it. You may find–make that probably–will find that interest displayed in my news page in the form of cook-book recommendations, restaurant reviews, and cool (but crazy easy) recipes.


The tricked out Pete is cool, but I like to see the view.

Below, Amish horses, parked in a Walmart parking lot in  Michigan.


We had to reset the computers, though, because of Y2K, right? And I had to feed my wanderlust. So we took off on a road trip that lasted nearly 8 years in a semi-truck, a working-vacation-road-trip in which we saw all but Vermont and Maine. This is a normal progression, is it not, from waitressing, to college, to restauranteering, to big-truck driving, to learning and teaching people about all things healthy?

Ballsy, right? To consider, as a legally over-the-hill-female, semi-truck-driving?

Even I am in awe of that.

There is a point to be made here: It is never too late to do some stuff, different stuff, change for the better, or something, stuff. So let’s go do some stuff.

A Way to View Life


This page is an about me page and the credentials I stand on are:

I have tried many things, some seemingly unconnected lifestyles; I have learned many things, some from school and books, but many things from experimentation and experience. Experiencia docet. Translation: Experience is the best teacher. The reason that is important is, as stated on the front page: The healthy products, inspiring books, informative websites– ideas, recipes, and any other random thing I may recommend are ones I have personally tested.

That is a super short version of my life. P.S., While driving truck, I managed to publish a poetry book, called A Way to View Life (by Donna Holberg, AKA Deelilah). And that is where the AKA Family got its roots. Meet the AKA Family on the News page.


My Mission: I will to serve the public with products and services per Colossians 3:23. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men…

Core Values:

  1. Honor God, respect persons and all God’s creation.
  2. Be grateful, always.
  3. In all things, stay true: In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds. (Psalm 45:4)
  4. Be creative and love learning. Let the new ideas in (no matter how outrageous).
  5. Be a giver, not a taker.
  6. Walk the talk and beware of hypocrisy. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
  7. Peel the onion layers away and personally open-up. Practice positive self-talk. Create and develop social and community relations and relevance.

Expect Spirit talk in this website. As a Christian, and as a person who needs guidance more and more as the years fly by, I find myself turning to God daily. As a result, I am pulled towards spiritual subjects, information, helps, products, and healing solutions, both physical and spiritual, including financial. And that’s just the way it is.