Inspiration
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...
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...
Do New

Do New

I did something new last night. I sang Christmas songs (seriously) – IN PUBLIC. Two things people who know me would say I would NEVER do: #1 – ‘seriously’ sing, or #2 – sing Christmas songs (seriously or otherwise). I credit my friends. I do things because I demand so much of them. They are SOOOO talented....
Train Wreck

Train Wreck

So, I’m a wreck. And it’s all your fault. I am sitting in my living room, getting ready for tomorrow, staring at a pile of photographs, and watching bids come in on pieces I’ve painted. I NEVER, EVER, in a million years thought I’d sell a painting – paint them, yeah, give them away as...
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...
I Love My Ma!

I Love My Ma!

Be sure that I love my Mama. I am searching for my birth family NOT because I am lacking anything in regards to the family who chose to raise me, but because I choose to seek the total truth. That is who I am. You can agree or disagree, but that is who I am....
Inside Out

Inside Out

I haven’t written in awhile – well true stuff anyway. I actually wrote an entire play in three days about what I think meeting my birth mom will be like but that’s another story… There’s a reason for that. I haven’t been myself lately. At least I don’t think so. I am waiting on confirmation...