An old friend of mine recently passed away. Before he died, he told me the best way to be happy is to be grateful.  He explained that it’s damn near impossible to be filled with anger when you’re filled with thankfulness. 

Try Anyway

My restaurant is so close to being open, I can almost taste the lefse.

These are exciting times for me.  I've been running for 3 years now.  I've hit every obstacle.  But the finish line is there. And even though…

Parting Ways with Facebook

I parted ways with my personal Facebook account this week.  It's been a tumultuous relationship from the start, but I finally decided it was time to call it quits.

Which is odd, because I was having a great week. The floors in…

Easing In

It's been an extra busy week, and this will be an extra short blog. This songwriting mama is tired.

With the construction at my building complete, I spent the week getting my place ready to function as restaurant.  

Ignoring the Signs

As logical as I am, I believe in signs.  For example.

In 2006, I saw an Amish farmer trying to sell a crate of yapping mutt puppies to a pet store in Chicago.  The store owner didn't want to…


My heart is so full tonight.  It was just a really sensational week.  

First, I'm down to my last five days of major construction at the restaurant, and it's all shaping up better than I'd ever imagined.  The…


Gone Foraging

No blog tonight. I’m still driving down from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where I spent the weekend camping with friends and foraging for driftwood to use in my restaurant project. Never a dull moment. See you next Sunday. -Em


It's been a long week.

I spent the bulk of it insulating and drywalling my restaurant in 90 degree heat.  It wasn't my favorite task, but the job needed to get done.  And if I've learned anything over the last 3…



I sliced through my left index finger with a jigsaw on Friday.  (Just another day in the life of a songwriter-turned-construction worker.)  I'll be fine, but the bandages make it hard to type. Get set for typos.

Anyway, today I took…

Making The Right Excuses

Being sick all week turned out to be a much-needed excuse to sit down more.  I wrapped up a few songs, made some good meals, and even managed to shower a couple times.  

How decadent.

I woke up…



No blog tonight. I contracted Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, and the blisters on my hands are killing me. Stay healthy, Reader. See you next Sunday. -Em

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there!  It's going to be a short blog tonight because--this year for Father's Day--my husband asked that I take the kids away for the day.  Does that sound heartless?

I assure you…