In 2003, I lived in Chicago. My dad in Colorado told me about this place he thought I’d like called Shuga’s (click here to see the beginnings of Shuga’s, opened 2001).

He told me about a plucky young gal named Alexis who opened this establishment with recipes she and her mom had collected.

He was right. This restaurant has a permanent place in my heart. In 2018, Shuga’s is going on 17 years. Thanks for being so consistently quirky and fun and full of life! Way to go, Alexis! Dad passed away in 2010, but he would be proud!

Almond Butter Cake

On a day when Dad called me at work and told me to stop by and meet him at Shuga’s on my way home

The origami cranes

On this lovely October day with my sister, reminiscing and wishing dad were here to meet us

Keep Your Love ON!

Things said in a social setting recently were inappropriate and made me feel uneasy. Keeping silent seemed as deceitful as straight out lying. So, I sucked it up and offered my feedback.

We can either cultivate connection or create distance in relationships.

It occurs to me that guardedness and self-protection (two things I might admit to on a good day!) are distancing behaviors too. My job is to not bury feedback out of fear of rejection or embarrassment but to be honest with myself and possibly others out of love…and the desire for wholeness and healing.

Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.” 1 Peter 3:9-11 English Standard Version (ESV)