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Too Good to be True

Too Good to be True

I made a promise. Through bittersweet tears, with no fear in my heart, I made a promise. Three years ago I stood in front of a hundred plus people and I promised them that I would bring them multi-generational theatre YEAR ROUND. Today I walked into an old, empty auto parts store, after four, ONLY...
Mr. Independent

Mr. Independent

My boys are in 4th and 5th grade. They had a dance tonight. I thought nothing much of it except to wonder if they’d let me take pictures (since I had to be there with Dane anyway). I mean, of course I would be there, Dane’s nine, in a wheelchair and his home health aide...
Great Day

Great Day

Make no mistake – I realize that I am dramatically affected by the goings on of my every day life – some mundane, some unbelievably extreme, but today was altogether different. I went to a town meeting with my husband Jason. I wasn’t on the original list of game-changers but was invited to attend by...
Rule Who???

Rule Who???

High School was a bitch. Jr. High was worse. I remember this conversation like it was yesterday: My best friend, “Do you want to move up to the bottom of the A’s or would you rather just continue ruling the B’s???” This was an actual conversation! This was not a John Hughes movie. We weren’t...
Save Me

Save Me

He changed my life. I met Rand when I was at my most vulnerable. I was truly lost and he seemed to ‘find’ me at the perfect time. I didn’t know anything about anything. He had a few years on me, a ton more savvy, taste, travel experience, education, intellect… He took me to try sushi for...
Graduation

Graduation

I finally finished my term paper. They said I needed it to graduate. They were wrong. I had an ‘A’ in my English class for the first semester. I took the ‘F’ for the second and grabbed my diploma with a ‘C’. (Please DO NOT try this at home). At 17 I couldn’t focus. I...
Half Way There

Half Way There

I am overwhelmed. I’m having a hard time understanding what has happened in the last few weeks. I’d be lying if I said I expected things to unfold like this. I wanted an arts center. It fell through. I didn’t panic. It came true. I thought I could do a quick shout out on Facebook...
Oh! A Meth Lab...

Oh! A Meth Lab…

Full disclosure. I bought a 12,500 square foot building, including a 4-bedroom (GORGEOUS) apartment, with a sizable parking lot, on Valley Street, to open an arts center, for $78,900. THERE IS A REASON FOR THAT. In Chicago, I would have paid a million dollars. Well, not really, because I don’t HAVE a million dollars. My...
Don't Suck

Don’t Suck

I don’t actually know who is supposed to hate whom. Admittedly, I paid VERY little attention in high school when discussing political discord, warring nations, differing religions… not because I was lazy but because none of those things made any difference to me – AT ALL. The less I knew about who is supposed to...
Community

Community

I got a lesson in ‘community’ today. As I was painting feverishly at the arts center a man knocked on the window and mouthed, “Do you need some help?” I stupidly mouthed back, ‘That’s OK.” – not wanting to impose. Thank goodness he didn’t give up. He said, “I can paint!” Finally realizing that I...
I Wish

I Wish

I wish I could have told you I was worth it. I wish I could have told you I would try to change the world. I wish there was a ‘me’ moment that you would not regret And knowing I was out there wouldn’t leave you feeling cold. I wish that I had had a...
This Girl

This Girl

“Who the hell is this girl???” I wondered as I wrapped my arms around this total stranger. “How do I not know you by now?” I was looking for a photography studio, almost five years ago. I saw a property that looked perfect. The listing agent looked nice – dare I say ‘perky’? So I called her and...