Uncle

Remember when you were a kid, and your older brother used to pin you to the ground and make you say "uncle?"

I feel like 2020 is that older brother. And this week, I finally said it.

With a heavy…

Replenish

If you’ve ever worked at a restaurant, you’ve probably partaken in “family meal.”  It’s the meal the entire staff enjoys together at the beginning (or end) of a service.  It’s usually cobbled together by throwing a bunch of errant ingredients…

Head Clearing

Our little family is camping up north in the Upper Peninsula, trying to clear our heads.  So much continues to happen daily, and I know you feel it too.   I'm taking a break from blogging tonight, & I'll see you…

Who We Plant It For

Every year, my mom plants an incredible garden full of flowers, veggies, and herbs.  It's really something to behold. I've coveted her tomatoes and pole beans for years. She works tirelessly on it all, and she used to use a…

Debbie Downer

I'm rarely a Debbie Downer.  I consider myself more of a Rhonda Realist or a Patty Positivity or an Ursula Upshot. And it's only once in a blue moon that I get  truly blue.

But that blue moon is out…

Good news. Bad news. You never can tell.

The loss of Ruth Bater Ginsburg feels devastating.  I cried on Friday. For many reasons.  But one--in particular--hits close to home.

Right now, a case is pending in the Supreme Court regarding the Affordable Care Act.  If Republicans push through…

Anger Is An Acid

One of my family members was almost killed in a carjacking last week.  Against all odds, he will survive.  We feel pretty damn lucky.

And also tired.  There were a lot of tears shed about it this week.  It feels…

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day, Reader.  I'm taking the night off to pick wildflowers with my babies.  

I do have a lot to say, and I'll tell you everything next Monday night.  Wishing you strength and love this week. -Em

Fighting With Dollars

It's been a long week.  I worked 4 double shifts in a row at my restaurant because we're still down a line cook. At the end of the fourth day, I sat down with a friend, and we drank a…

Get Light

I don't know about you, Reader.  But the madness of the world is palpable lately.  I feel the tense energy infiltrating my restaurant, my family, and even my dreams.  The weight of it all really started to get to me…

The Long Haul

In the past month, my friend died, my car died, my dog died, and my restaurant shut down again due to an employee with confirmed COVID-19.  

Life is playing out like a mediocre country song. 

And years ago…

Sheriff Jackass

I've always prided myself on how I "keep it real" and "tell things like they are." In my Midwest community--where niceties make it hard to know what anyone's saying half the time--my direct nature is one of the qualities I've…