Horizons

Well if the world's got you down this week, here's a touching story that may give a bit of hope for the future. 

I went up north with my family for 36 relaxing hours this past weekend.  We camped…

Pickles

It was a bizarre week that ended with an equally bizarre but important revelation. Here's what happened. 

On Friday afternoon, I found myself sobbing to a triage nurse.  Stabbing pains radiated in my chest.  Pain shot through my left…

Bit Parts

I spent the bulk of my week preparing my restaurant for the 10th Annual 'Tour De North End:' Rockford's biggest bicycle race.  Each year, hundreds of riders flood Main Street, stopping at businesses and collecting stamps.  At the end of…

I Am A Mountain Lion

I've written hundreds of songs now.  Each one comes out a little differently. Some songs write themselves in a matter of minutes.  Some take days.  And then there are those elusive, incredibly wily tunes that take weeks, months, and even…

Hard Times And All

I'm a lucky lady.

In the past 9 days, I have: had a world-class harmonica player add tracks to my upcoming album, hosted a wedding for two incredible humans in my tiny hometown restaurant, watched my children head back…

Wow Yourself

This week took it out of me.  One of the chefs at my restaurant was out sick, and we all worked a lot of overtime to give him time to recuperate.  Between the extreme heat, the extra hours, and the…

Professional Animals

Running a business is tricky on a lot of levels.  One of the hardest parts of running my restaurant is acting professional with my colleagues and customers.

Being dignified was never my forte.

Just the same, I go…

Squeezing Out Summer

No blog tonight; I'm spending some time at a local lake with my kids.  School starts soon, and these last summer nights feel precious.  I have so much to say, but it will have to wait until next Monday.  See…

Storms Never Last

Well, today was a day of storms.  At 6 am this morning we had a huge round of thunderstorms that knocked out power at the restaurant for a few hours. The lightning felt like it was right over our heads…

Mistakes Make Masters

One of our bathroom door locks broke at work this past week.  No problem, I thought. I headed over to my friendly neighborhood hardware store (Nicholson's) and bought a replacement.  I was eager to fix it

(Read: I still…

Not Being Best

My son asked me to throw him a birthday party this week.  He’s turning 6, and so far, I’ve artfully dodged having to make a production out of birthdays.  But he's now been to a few parties, so the jig…

Magnetism

I've spent the last month looking for kitchen staff for my restaurant.  It's been a trying search. We haven't found a good fit yet. I'd all but given up hope. Then this past Friday, a chef walked in the door…