Monday, February 5, 2018

Looking for a DATE NIGHT for VALENTINES DAY?  

Do you live in Columbus, Ohio?  Why not try...Books and Wine @  

I saw a flyer that had a special for books and wine and I think it was under $30. 

Two Dollar Radio Headquarters

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting and eating at this beautiful rustic retro coffee shop.  It is located on the corner of Parsons and Cline. I had the tasty Vegan Lasagna and my boyfriend had a hummus roll...All very tasty.  There isn’t a major location sign - and it is easy to miss as you drive by. The inside is AMAZING. Homey, chill and relaxing.  I was dreamy...eating, drinking and reading a nice book.  It is easy to lose track of time... seriously. Perfect to come check out and buy a book.   

Two Dollar Radio Headquarters Ohio Against The World
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters, a locally owned and operated mom-and-pop shop, is an indie bookstore, event space, bar, and cafe (plant-based) located on the southside of Columbus, Ohio.
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters bookstore
Monday: Closed
Tueday: 9am – 9pm
Wednesday: 9am – 9pm
Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters full bar
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters
1124 Parsons Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43206
PHONE: (614) 725-1505
WIFI: Free!
Two Dollar Radio Shelves of Books
Yelp (a new tab will open, prepopulated with our address as your destination) 
COTA bus planner (a new tab will open, where you can fill in our address to find the best bus route)
Street parking. Especially during our special events we ask that you please be considerate of our neighbors while parking on the surrounding streets. We have a bike rack on the corner of Cline and Parsons.
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters Parsons Ave street view
Instagram: @twodollarradioHQ
Twitter: @TwoDollarHQ 
Facebook: @TwoDollarRadioHQ

Two Dollar Radio Headquarters kids area

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Last night after dinner I settled down (after my teen went to bed and I won the battle of getting my 21-month-old to bed) to watch "Omo Child: The River and the Bush" on Amazon Prime.  This is a truly remarkable documentary film.  The film focuses on the efforts of Lale, a young member of the Kara tribe in Ethiopia who challenges tribal elders to end the practice of killing children declared as "mingi" (cursed), because it's believed that "mingi" children bring famine and disease. Faced with death threats, Lale and his wife, with the help of a team of concerned young people, begin rescuing the "cursed" children by asking the parents' permission to take the children to a makeshift child rescue facility called Omo Child. The film is informative and truly riveting and shows how small teams of passionate, committed individuals can fight tradition and save lives. One quote that sticks with me is when Lale says “One log cannot boil water".   He challenged tribal superstitions, and the results are an ever-unfolding legacy.  One log may not boil water it can surely ignite a Spark àFlameàFire.  I am a big documentary person and I would like to encourage you to watch Omo Child: The River and the Bush" its message will stay with you for a long time.  This movie…helps us all to step back and ask the question “Why do we do what we do?”  and does what we do speak a truth?  Or Tradition?  

Friday, January 19, 2018

Finding hope in this hodgepodge of real life and real emotions.  “You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” Pema Chödrön  

Have you ever watched those nature shows where they film lions in the scrub, grasslands or open woodlands?

Well I am the only one is my home who really loves these kinds of documentaries/movies/shows.  The other day I was watching Under the Arctic Sky on Netflix.  Surfers travel to this remote corner in Iceland in the middle of winter just to find the perfect surfing waves.  A few days into their trip, the worst storm in decades hits the Island, turning their trip into a life-threatening situation.  The captain of their rented boat urged the surfers to come out of the water and for them to head to safe lands until the storm corrects itself. 

As I laid in bed with my 21-month-old, I began to rejoice in the words spoken.  Trying to listen/find God in every piece of life, nature etc...  See at 42 years has happened so fast.  Lots of ups and downs but I am ever grateful I have my God, beau, girls and family and my health.  In a few weeks, I will have an extensive surgery to remove my uterus due to fibroid tumors.  This captains words spoken to my hurting soul.... the storm corrects itself. 

The bible reminds me that tough times don't last always.  I heard that the storm will correct and the storm is a part of the recovery process.  This is a tough time for me.  At 42 I thought I would be married with a family not dating the same man for 5 years and 2 beautiful daughters (not from relationship).  Somehow God and people move to their own beats.  Sometimes those rhythms are disruptive to our vision or THE vision. 

But this show reminded me of hope... I don't know which way we are going...but I am trying to give it my all.  All I know is life is always about restoration, even in messiness. 
We are all in this process that drives us to restoration, hope and peace, but it’s easy to forget in the middle of a storm.  

Have you ever forgotten that, like maybe you’d never come back from the storm? When you’re heartbroken and crestfallen, empty-handed and exhausted to the core, have you ever forgotten that you will find way out?

When we forget this basic truth that we are always working to restore balance, what we’re really forgetting about is hope. We’re forgetting to trust the healing process.
Hearing this message reminded me of every time I lose hope in being a wife, being financially free contributing on a larger scale to my family and others. 

I can’t tell you how many times things have felt like a complete mess and how many of those times I didn’t trust that peace would come. There have been so many failures and losses that left me so angry I feared that maybe this was the new me.

But I always found my way back. Thank God for prayer and prayer partners.  And a 16-year-old who is full of wisdom and a 21-month-old who keeps me present on what matters most. 

Hearing this message reminded me that I am stronger than I give myself credit for. I am a single mother of 2.  I work full time in a contract at a beautiful company with an amazing driving supervisor who wants you to GROW...I can buy health insurance to have my surgery EVEN if it is costing me $423 a month.  :D  I serve a God who provides for me.  And although I am not married yet.... I do have a partner who came into my life at a time when I guess we have needed each other and this year I ventured into an eBay Store (which would have never happened, if my health insurance and 21 month old had not come into my life) to make extra money.  It reminded me of my determined, if not stubborn, spirit and will to keep on standing.

Yeah, maybe I’m a little worse for the wear after a storm, but I do come out the other side because I am not the storm. I’m the vast, blue, open sky.   That’s who you are, too. You are the sky that is clear and bright and steady. And that storm? It’s just the weather.

Sometimes in life, you get the beautiful sunrise of a new beginning or the sparkling stars of life’s happiest days. Sometimes you get the cool breeze of a cleansing breath or the refreshing shower of joy’s tears. But you know what? Sometimes you’ll get a thunderstorm, like the tears you fear will never stop when your heart is breaking.

Storms are part of life. They’re a part of dreaming and making plans. They can happen when you open yourself up to love and be loved. Storms can also happen when you do all the right things and make all the right decisions and someone or something just takes you by surprise and leaves you speechless. You are hurt. Injured, maybe. You may be weary and tattered. But you are not broken.
Your storm right now may be devastating. It may knock out your power for days on end. It may snow you in and flood you.

This storm you’re facing might leave you ransacking the shelves and running for shelter in a cave shut away from the world.  But remember that no matter what kind of storm this is, it’s just the weather. You will find a way to restore peace, regain trust, and recognize your will to keep moving.  

Rebuilding from a storm is not easy, mind you. Neither is the path of healing. It’s not fast. It’s not simple. It’s not painless. There is no set-it-and-forget-it formula to recovering from a storm.
But when it’s a wonder that you’re standing at all is when you need to trust yourself the most.
When you’re disillusioned and faced with choosing between the lesser of two evils is the time to remember that you can still choose the path that will do the best.

When it’s slowest and hardest, when you feel most stripped and exposed, that’s the time when you need the most hope. Find hope in the knowledge that you can and will recover. Because you can. You can rebuild and repair what the storm threatens to break. Whatever storm you may be facing, remember that you are so much bigger than it is. You are the sky. Do something kind for yourself. 

Set some healthy Goals.  Next Blog I will share about healthy Goal Setting...I have been away for a while...but I am back as I can use this medium to share...

Above all chose daily Christ through affirmation, prayer, studying the bible and using your time to share what all of this means to you with others.  Everyone is hurting and needs some assurance in this hodgepodge of real life and real emotions.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


It's something when you ask God for something specifically and he blesses you with something and someone even greater...

April 22, 2016 I was blessed in a way that only God knew...and I continue to thank him for this little life.

I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. 1 Samuel 1:27

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hello everyone!!!  I have not shared in a while…There are times when I feel I may be annoying.  Although we have had a very mild winter here in OHIO I have been in a mood boosting smoothie mood.  Today I am moved to share one of my new favorite spices, turmeric. 
Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family. I love ginger.  Now turmeric is native to India and often used in Indian cuisines, where it is a common ingredient in curry. You can buy it fresh, or dried and ground into a powder, the last being easy to find. It has an earthy, nearly gingery taste.
While all herbs and spices have some health advantages, turmeric really leads the way! Most of the health benefits stem from curcumin, the compound in turmeric that gives it a bright yellow hue. It’s powerfully anti-inflammatory and has been shown to reduce risk of heart attack, diabetes, and cancer and may also be beneficial for arthritis pain.
One last thing – is you may find I have added avocado on this list, this helps the body absorb the curcumin in turmeric because avocados are full of healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids. Trust me you will not taste the avocado, so even if you’re a little weirded out, keep in it there!


2 mangoes, peeled and chopped, preferably frozen
2 Cara cara oranges, peeled
2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
1 ripe avocado
1 raw carrot, chopped
¼ cup raw cashews
¼ cup of shredded un-sulfured coconuts
3 fresh turmeric roots the size of your thumb in length
1 fresh lobe of ginger root


Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Tumeric Smoothie

Here is another one of my favorites…be blessed.

Raw turmeric milk recipe:

Process the following ingredients in a blender:

2 cups of almond milk
2 dates, pitted
1 tbsp of raw honey
1 inch of fresh turmeric root (1/2 tsp. of powdered turmeric to substitute for 1/2 inch of fresh turmeric root)
1/4 tsp of Ceylon cinnamon
3 whole fresh cloves (3 whole cloves = 1/4 teaspoon ground)

Make sure ingredients are organic.  I drink this over a 3 day period usually...I like to make sure the turmeric has a chance to marinate.  

Friday, January 22, 2016

Watermelon Strawberry Ginger Lime Smoothie Recipe

Watermelon Strawberry Ginger Lime Smoothie

2 cups fresh seeded watermelon
     1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1/4 of whole lime
    1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries
teaspoon of been pollen 
1 tablespoon of hemp seeds  

Place the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend for 30-40 seconds.  I actually blended minefor 60 seconds because of the hemp may blend until you reach your desired consistency.  

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Photo rights belong to Shadow Box Live--Columbus, Ohio
I am enjoying planned and spontaneous Date Nights with Jireh and Erik, whether it’s Netflix, salsa dancing and or taking a cooking class, it’s important to make time for one another.   My most recent date night with Erik was at our local Shadow Box Live where they self-produce a wide range of live shows.  The show we had the pleasure of seeing without charge was “The Best of Burlesque”.  We received complementary tickets for the opening show.  Now I must say I have been shielded from the world of burlesque so our venture to a live viewing left me with an open mental canvas.  Not everyone is privy to my narrow realm.  So I wrote this blog as an overview to those of you who may be slightly interested or fascinated or apprehensive.  This compilation isn’t intended to be “conclusive” about what to anticipate at a burlesque show.  As with all live performance, the best way to understand burlesque is to appreciate it in person.

In this show the acts were around three to five minutes, or the span of a pop song.  Each act was like a mini play with its own narrative, story, tone, and message.  There was finale of a striptease act but it was more about a resolution of the rigidity of the story, or the delivering of a punch line, than it is solely about physical exposure.  That being said, the exposure and the message were interwoven, and reliant on each other.  Burlesque acts, like other stories, take the audience on an excursion.  The makeup is extreme, hair is big (often a wig), and costumes are ostentatious.   We had a ball.  The show was definitely Broadway worthy.  In between every act there was a short movie clip showcasing some of the women behind burlesque.  Here is a link to some of the women that were showcased on the screen:

At our show it was socially acceptable for the audience to clap, howl, yell and scream of laughter and endorsement.  And it appeared as though the performers enjoyed every bit.  Jan 20, 2016 was opening night and shows will run on Wednesday, Thursdays and Sundays until April 2016.  Our audience was fairly mixed, mainly couples.  Heteronormativity is not the projected norm.

Our view

So what happens if you go to a burlesque show, and it was not what I have described?  Well, welcome to the world of burlesque.  With any kind of live performance, the best way to experience it is to go to a show.  Go with an open mind.  And expect to be entertained.  Check out a live show:  at the end of the show you will also get a discount coupon to present at The Gardens  

Be sure to share your experience….