An Open Letter To An Unnamed Restaurant

  not unnamed restaurantDear Unnamed Restaurant,

I was thrilled to see you recommended today by a friend.

How exciting to find something in my neighborhood with fresh and affordable dining plus a terrific ambiance. All this I gathered from your website and FaceBook page.

Perusing the menu, I made it all the way to the bottom, where I saw this:

*A 3% charge is added to all checks to cover the cost of full health care benefits for our employees.

Thank you for supporting a healthier & happier staff.

Click here for more information

Interested, I clicked the text to find more. Unfortunately, it was not a clickable link.

Why was I interested you might ask?
I’m curious as to why you, as a local business, felt the need to separate out your health costs to your clientele.

I’m curious to know why you would like your diners to be surprised by a total when the check comes, even momentarily.

I am curious why the cost of doing business (which includes staffing and benefits) is not built into the the cost of your products and services.

Was this an after thought? Did you think that we were adverse to paying a fair and supportive price? Are you looking to create goodwill?

Whatever the reason, I’m still looking forward to doing business with you. Please be aware that when you do, my team is already receiving compensation based on our business practices of considering our overhead when creating our pricing.

Thank you,

Cys Bronner


July 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

When Someone You Love Becomes A Memory; Ami Unger Shilton

Fighting Cancer

You held my hand

We stood for each other at our weddings, but really we stood for so much more during those years since we met as five year olds at a birthday party.

As best friends often do, I fell for you head over heels. We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun, as they say. All because I spilled grape juice on your white party dress, remember party dresses?

We inspired each other, too young to know it at the time. I owe you my first fall on the ice and the desire for many more ahead. You learned that a city girl could pee outdoors, carry a “trudie stick” and like it.

Life is fickle, sometimes cruel, surprising and some kind of wonderful. As we shared everything, giggling behind school books and later telephone lines, I never thought that I would find a time when we weren’t there for each other.

As adults we drifted in and out of our lives. Trying to find where we fit, if at all, in the chaos that comes with marriage, kids and careers. We watched our families change as our parents did and then finally leave us, not knowing how quickly we might leave ours.

After almost three years, I’m finally ready to allow the tears roll down my face for you, Ami. Mostly, I am ready to embrace the memories that could only come from almost 50 years of who you are. I love you still and thank you for entering my world with your party dress and big heart.

August 20, 2016 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment


“The Sun, with all the planets revolving around it, and depending on it, and still ripen a bunch of grapes as though it had nothing else in the universe to do”  — Galileo

the sun

February 8, 2016 at 6:19 am Leave a comment

Every Person Has A Story; Are You Listening?

don't judge

Every person has a story.

There’s a variety of memes circulating the internet regarding people and their back story, urging others to be aware that we all have untold stories and not to judge.

Like many, my day has not been a great one. In fact, my week – no make that last two or three weeks have been in unpleasant over drive. I’ve had my ups an downs, and I hope that I showed my better side to those around me on most occasions. But truthfully, I know that not to be 100% reality.

Tonight, I had yet another unfortunate thing in the building I live in. Of course, when plumbing or other issues happen, they only happen after hours. As a result, they sent a Board Member to come check on our concern.

After we did a walk through to show what was going on, she gifted me with a tirade of “the hate groups in the building… these things happen in the morning and owners wait until 6 or 7pm to tell us…” and other things that continued on.

I remembered two things I’ve learned over the years:

  1. People just want to be listened to
  2. Be kind. Everyone has a story or battle they are fighting.

It was hard, I tried to nod sympathetically and say “yes, I understand”. She called me rude, sarcastic, etc.  My husband tried to intervene and she went off at him, he asked her to leave. She continued, I asked her to leave saying tempers are flaring and it would be best if we all stepped back and calmed down. She would not go. The tirade continued.

I feel violated in my own home. I feel my integrity has been attacked. I feel a myriad of emotions that no one should feel this many hours later. Clearly, she has some lessons to be learned as she works through her own battle. Ones that will help her in dealing with the other residents as Board Members are called upon to do.

For me, I have my own battle. Long days, short nights. Work and personal demands as well as recent family loss on a grand scale. I will learn and grow from those things – I often remind myself of that.

My story is at a high point in my life. I’m blessed by a revelation that I have no room in my life for negative energy and the willingness to adhere to that.

Be kind. Everyone has a story, don’t ignore your own.


September 30, 2015 at 11:37 pm Leave a comment

Is Orthorexia About to Join the DSM?

Marybeth Elizabeth Williams of SALON asks “Is Orthorexia about to join the DSM?” claiming that we’re clean eating our way to new eating disorders.

Her article goes on to make the what should have been obvious point: Because overdoing it is the American way, we’ve now managed to warp even healthy habits into a new form of eating disorders. Welcome to the era of orthorexia.

Read the full article


January 30, 2015 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

6 Wise and Wonderful Ways of Peppermint



Peppermint has been used medicinally for thousands of years – in fact, dried peppermint leaves dating back to 1000 BC have been found in the pyramids of Egypt.

All of this is not top of mind, as I sit here sipping my steaming cup of peppermint during this lovely cold and flu season.

Peppermint brings several health benefits to the table and to your cup:

  • Digestion
    Peppermint can soothe indigestion, abdominal cramps and help with bloating or gas. I’ve found it a terrific help with nausea and taming the need to vomit.
  • Sinus/Sore Throat
    Peppermint has been used for centuries to strengthen the immune system. With its good amount of nutrients, it helps the body to fight off illness and infection.
    Peppermint tea also thins the mucus acting as an expectorant to break up coughs, offering relief of coughing from colds and allergies.
  • Antiseptic/Antibacterial
    Why do you think it’s in so many toothpastes and mouth washes? It’s ability to break down bile might be why it is so helpful with bad breath.
  • Skin
    Soothe burns, rashes, acne plus other skin inflammations like hives and even Poison Oak. When used in an ointment you’ll have a soothing and healing effect.
  • Stress
    Stress can rob you of sleep and sleep deprivation can be a nasty animal.  Headaches are also a sign of stress. These are not things to push off as stress is the only item that causes permanent scaring to your heart. Sip some peppermint tea, enjoy its calming effect and scent. Relax, you need it as much as you deserve it.
  • Metabolism
    Peppermint can offer the benefit of speeding up your metabolism for weight loss, potentially increasing energy levels.

Pregnant women should consult their doctor before drinking peppermint tea as it may cause the muscles of the uterus to relax too much. Excessive amounts of the tea can cause diarrhea and heart palpitations. Those with acid reflux problems should avoid the herb.

Used for the common cold, cough, inflammation of the mouth and throat, sinus ...

Used for the common cold, cough, inflammation of the mouth and throat, sinus …

December 27, 2014 at 1:35 am Leave a comment

Merry Juicemas!

cuisinart juicer

Christmas Morning Kick Start!

I can not tell you how it can ruin a good start to a day when your juicer bombs out. Our trusty Cuisinart has been an amazing workhorse for us.

Somehow, I just didn’t feel like a big Christmas breakfast, this year. Our tummies were a little heavy from the holiday celebrations and I couldn’t get into the Baked Eggnog French Toast Casserole that I wanted to try.

As chance would have it, the dogs were dancing by the fruit bowl while waiting for me to hurry up with their leashes. I could smell the pears doing what pears do best – go soft, if you don’t eat them before the other fruit – and went off into the windy day with bouncy pups.

Standing in a sunspot while the dogs tried to coax me out of my thoughts, it hit me; “why not use the aging pears for breakfast?”.

At first I thought of adding them to a grilled goat cheese sandwich using lavash. Nah, too much like work. I realized that Santa wanted me to celebrate the lazy day with a little frugal juicing.

This was perfect for the day. I got to clean out my fridge, use some pears, apples, carrots and romaine that were looking like they needed to be consumed.

Merry Juicemas to all, and to all a good day!

December 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

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