Points of View

I've never purchased a new piece of furniture.  Not only because I've never had the money, but also because I spent 12 years living in Chicago, where the couches, tables, and chairs left in the alley by former tenants seemed…

Hunt Carefully

I awoke this morning to a forest full of hoar frost.  It was as if every twig of every tree was crystalline. And even though I've seen this phenomenon before and understand the science behind it, there's always something magical…

Crazy Measures

Today, I'm hosting our restaurant's staff holiday party in the woods behind our house. With COVID-19 still on the rampage in Northern Illinois, we figured an outdoor gathering was safest. It snowed last night, and we hope our staff dresses…

Team Recklessness

It was one thing to lead a reckless life when I was on my own.  

I used to take off on a solo concert tour and sleep in my car every night.  I'd eat bar olives for dinner and…

Creating the Magic

Being a kid during the holidays and experiencing all the light-hearted magic is wonderful. 

Being an adult during the holidays and creating all the light-hearted magic is HARD. 

This week—both at home and at work—I devoted my time…

Earning Your Beer

Growing up, my parents had very few rules for me.  I was allowed to do almost anything. I was allowed to cuss.  I was allowed to drink underage.  I was allowed to wander off unattended down miles of railroad track…

Concert this week

You know what I miss most in this year of Covid? 

It’s not just the usual family gatherings and hugs, although I do miss those.  It’s not visiting theatres or restaurants or live concerts, although I REALLY miss those…

Bob Hope

The ringing in my ears came back this week.  I haven't heard it much since my dad died.  It's usually a sign that I'm under a lot of stress.  

No joke.

I'm carrying 20 employees through a pandemic at a…

Renouncing the Renowned

As a songwriter, I've spent more time and money than I'd like to admit hunting for publicity.  Most of us independent musicians are looking for a feature in Rolling Stone or No Depression or some renowned source with a lot…

Embracing Our Superpowers

This week--amidst Biden's victory and bizarre weather from El Niña and more coronavirus explosions in Northern Illinois--my little brunch pub opened an indoor market to make ends meet.  

(As one does, in 2020.)

So we built life-size versions of our…

Surround Yourself

There's an election tomorrow.  The outcome will have a direct impact on all of us in a number of ways.  And to say I'm anxious about it is an understatement.

As I sit here tonight, I can't help but think…

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…