Small Business
Flawed

Flawed

  My boys are with their Dad this week. My ‘teens’ are back in school. The arts center is empty affording me a chance to get ‘caught up’ (as if!). I’m thinking back on what was the best and worst time of my life. I’m remembering each and every person who did things for me...
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...
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...
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...
Jump

Jump

I burned the pasta today. Dane slid off of the ottoman and bumped his head on the stone hearth while I was trying to change him. I’m not OK. I’m not dead in the water, but I’m not OK. I’m definitely distracted. Full disclosure: Jay – is – stressed. I don’t blame him. He has...
Called

Called

I hated kids – when I was one. I never babysat, because they hated me back. I had no idea that they would save me one day… but they did. I’m struggling with today. I am struggling to admit that I’m human, much less American, Midwestern, Pennsylvanian… It’s never made any difference to me AT...
Working, Living, Being Together... Foreeeeever.

Working, Living, Being Together… Foreeeeever.

Jason and I have had our ups and downs. It’s not easy to run a business (or two!) together, raise a family, live with in-laws (who are incredibly awesome BTW!) all the while maintaining a healthy, yet not-so-private (what’s up Facebook!), relationship. But we manage, because we love each other, and our family, with everything...