Elizabeth Park in Trenton

Falling for Fall

Well I'm back in Detroit after an uneventful day of flying on Wednesday. As we were landing, I got a nice overhead view of all the changing leaves on the trees. Ah yes, the change of scenery has been nice. When I stepped out of the car at my dad's house the air was cool and crisp. All that was missing was the comforting scent of a freshly baked apple pie. I'll settle for my stepmom's homemade shepherd's pie. "And why yes, I would love some chardonnay!" At night when everyone went to bed … Read More...

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Up in the Air

Today I'm getting on a flight and heading to "the D" for a week (that would be Detroit) to visit friends and family. For those that might not be aware, I grew up in the sleepy suburb of Trenton, and lived in and around the Detroit area until I moved to Seattle on a complete whim when I was 25.  Currently I live right next door to LAX airport. In fact sometimes when I drive down my sleepy little street I’ll see a huge plane take off between the trees. I could literally walk to the runway if I … Read More...

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Protected: Silencing Your Critics

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September Review/October Goals

As I type this, LA is going through another heat wave, making it 93 degrees in my part of the city…with no breeze and no AC. Damn Santa Ana winds!! Anyway, it's making my brain the consistency of gelato (ooooh gelato, maybe I'll get some!), so bear with me as I ramble. Next Wednesday I leave for Detroit. I checked the weather there and it said the 60's and possible rain. Call me crazy, but that excites the hell out of me. I haven't seen rain in FOREVER! I know I probably should be slapped for … Read More...

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BATB TV: Tips to Save Money

Welcome back to another edition of BATB TV. Today I will be providing you with some GREAT tips on how to save money on every day things. I think there are 10 tips…or…maybe not…hmmm, it's all a bit of a blur come to think of it... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSD5i91EHZU Special thanks to Steve Readmond of The Readmond Company for shooting and directing, and Jan Tingstad for sound. … Read More...

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The Light in Their Eyes

I have some pretty extraordinary friends in my life. One of them is my friend Page, who a couple months ago traveled to Uganda to help volunteer with The Greater Contribution. She first wrote about the organization here. I asked Page if she could write a post about her experience... I love people. It may sound basic, but I really do. I love meeting new people, finding a simple human connection, learning about their culture and lifestyle, eating their food…seeing life from another perspective. … Read More...

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Making Bold Choices

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been a HUGE fan of movies. My dad used to take me and my brother pretty much every single weekend until we were teenagers, where I then chose to go with my friends instead, because being seen with my dad was, "OMG SOOOOOO embarrassing." To this day I still love movies, although with my tight budget, a good majority are viewed from "Redbox Theater" (aka my living room). Best deal in town! Because of my love of films, I love reading interviews with … Read More...