Monday, October 26, 2009

This weeks Blisstory Question

What was a trip Downtown like when you were a child?

As soon as the first spring thaw arrived, so began my father’s weekly urge to head to Downtown Detroit’s Eastern Market, where we could get everything we needed for the week's food budget. Because he was so busy during the week with work and union activities, he urged his children to join him every Saturday morning from the end of March through mid November. He would wake me with a fresh brewed cup of coffee (no wonder I’m such a coffee snob) and a delicious breakfast. Did I mention we left the house by 5:30 a.m.? Yeah, a little too early for teenagers and tweens! I did it, though, because I loved hanging out with him and fully enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the market. We saw folks from every walk of life while walking around and around the market until my dad was sure he had the best deal!

My husband and I share a lot of the same, quirky ideas of what fun is all about. One of those quirky ideas is getting up at 5:00 am on a Saturday to head downtown to Detroit's Eastern Market. Our kids aren’t quite as thrilled to spend time with us that early in the morning, as I was with my dad, that’s for sure. This weekend the “usual suspects” were there: the Shea butter fellow with his table over the bridge, the mushroom man, and my favorite, the “Goooooooood morning Detroit” flower vendor in his long, yellow “Coat of Many Colors”. When I hear his voice, I get a great big smile on my face and have the urge to run up and hug him. Okay, so, I have run up and hugged him. Maybe that’s why he always remembers me.

This weekend we did something really different. After we grabbed our weekly fix of fruits and veggies, we hit the Russell Street Deli for breakfast! WOW! I wish I would have stopped in there 20 years ago or at least three years ago when Jason Murphy bought the place. Walking in the door, you are greeted with a very warm “welcome” from the staff. The place is clean and the aroma is magnificent; sweet and spicy at the same time. Gabe, one of the servers, graciously introduced us to Jason and shared details on the variety of specials on the menu.

Not being too daring when it comes to breakfast, we stuck with our favorite morning dish - home fries, the standard by which we judge all breakfast joints. Let me tell you we had, by far, the best home fries EVER. That says a lot coming from us, especially Jeff. He is very particular when it comes to his potatoes. There are mornings when that’s all he has for breakfast. For the first time, they were prepared exactly as ordered; extra crisp with scallions on top, a little salt and pepper and not too greasy. He moaned and groaned with every bite. We also split a vegetable scramble, well done (without even having to ask) loaded with mushrooms, peppers and onions. Everything was way better than we anticipated.

Do yourself a favor and hit the Russell Street Deli. Don’t worry you don’t have to get up at 5:00 am. Russell Street doesn’t open till 8:00 am. Of course, if you do go early, give us a call! We’d love to meet you for breakfast.

Oh, and be sure to tell them The Bliss Lady sent you.

P.S. Next time I'm going to try one of the sandwiches! They looked totally awesome and are served for breakfast on weekends only! Yum Oh!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Wave

Street side version of "The Wave"

Ever been to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan? All the way up there, to Copper Harbor? Jeff, my favorite husband, and I love it up there. One of these days we'll have a little place of our own and only "cross the bridge" back to the mitten when we absolutely have too. In the meantime, we are going to take a little bit of the UP with us everywhere we go.

One thing that really inspires us about Yoopers (those that live in the U.P.) is their unending ability to keep a friendly, positive attitude. Every time we cross the bridge a warm feeling comes over us; don't get any weird ideas here. Smiling as we drive down the two lane highways that crisscross the U.P., everyone we pass waves at us welcoming the crazy trolls from under the bridge (Trolls being the Yooper definition of those that live "under the Mackinac Bridge). It seems to be contagious, too; way better than the Wave at a Tiger Game!

Sunday, while walking down Main Street in Clawson, Jeff and I, crazy "Trolls" that we are thought we'd take the Yooper lead and start waving at people that passed by, including those in their cars. No doubt the store owners on Main had ideas of calling the cops on us. We were just a little too blissful, laughing, waving and pointing.

Initially, people paid no attention to us; in fact, some even scoffed or snubbed us as they drove by. Maybe they thought we were practicing for the parade. Eleven (11) cars drove by before someone actually waved back. Twelve (12) was our lucky number.

All of a sudden it was like the domino effect. Not only were they waving, they were smiling, laughing and pointing, too. They'd see us waving, no doubt wondering, "who the heck is that", put a big smile on their face and wave right back. It was such a cool sight to see. I really wonder how many of them actually thought they knew who we were.

When the majority is welcoming and engaging
, Jeff and I firmly believe that the world will be a better place. So, we're taking a survey and it's not going to stop here. We want to know how many of you actually wave to strangers? How many of you embrace the idea of stepping outside the norm and greeting a neighbor or passersby?

Start with us! When you're on Main Street in Clawson this weekend look for the crazy "Trolls" jumping up and down waving at everyone! Instead of just waving back, stop and say "hi". We'd love to hear all about what makes your life a little more blissful!

See you under the bridge!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Turtle Creed

Turtles are bright eyed, bushy tailed, fearless and unafraid folk with a fighter pilot attitude.
(That's me, lol!) They think clean, have fun a lot, and recognize the fact that you never get any place worthwhile in life unless you stick your neck out.

The "Turtles" are indeed an illustrious group and include in their membership ranks some of the country's foremost leaders in fields of government, finance, entertainment, aerospace and other areas where aggressiveness, a feeling for fair play, clean thoughts and a sense of humor are keys to success. Started by a group of test pilots during WWII, the club has progressed to its present position as one whose membership is diligently sought after and highly esteemed by those lucky enough to be initiated.

Adherence to the creed and always giving the password when asked are the only responsibilities placed on our membership. You will find that life is more fun and takes on new meaning when you are a "Turtle".

Want to become an official member of the club?
Email me, The Bliss Lady at

Blisstory Question: What do you do to honor your father?

Are you a turtle?

This week marks the 14th anniversary of my father’s death! He is one of the greatest men I will ever know. I say ‘is’ because he is alive in my mind and heart and will be till I join him on the other side.

For those of you that have not had the honor of meeting him, I’m sharing a little bit about him. He was a WWII P.O.W., captured at the Battle of the Bulge and held, initially, in the Nazi Infirmary then sent to the adjoining camp. After being liberated, he was given a Purple Heart for serving his country. He never really talked much about the experience, but shared one love he gained from his countrymen; becoming an honorary member of The Turtle Club.

Every time a friend came to visit he shared The Turtle Creed (read above) and inducted them into the club. The Turtle Creed (again, read above) starts with “Turtles are bright eyed, bushy tailed, fearless and unafraid folk with a fighter pilot attitude. They think clean, have fun a lot, and recognize the fact that you never get any place worthwhile in life unless you stick your neck out.”

Yes, at first it was quite embarrassing, as a teen, to have your friends cornered by your Dad for some stupid club! As an adult, I am reminded that those words and the gifts he gave my friends are not so stupid. In fact, it’s incredibly brilliant and probably accounts for a big reason I am “The Bliss Lady.”

Why am I sharing this with all of you? I’m here to remind you that no matter what your circumstance, no matter how downtrodden and in the dumps life seems to be, there’s always another second to turn that all around. Carry a fighter pilot attitude and start flying high! Call or email me at and I’ll induct you into the club, where you’ll get your own “shell” and a complete copy of the Turtle Creed.

Don’t forget to ask me if I’m a turtle… If I don’t give you the secret password, I’ll owe you the drink of your choice. (I’m sure you all know mine…Coffee!) Most importantly, you’ll have a constant reminder to go ahead and “Stick your neck out!”

A few people I know that are "sticking their necks out"

* The Pink Fund is hosting their "Turning Burdens in to Blessings" luncheonat The Glen Oaks Country Club, Sunday, October 18. They'll be fun, fashion, a ton of information and delicious food. The Pink Fund financially assists women and men afflicted with breast cancer. We all know someone affected by this terrible disease. For more information visit their website at

* Le Cocoa Bee Honey will be at The Farmington Farmers Market selling lots of delicious honey. You can also grab some home made Baklava and pick up my books, The Blisstory Journal and The Sisstory Journal. Proceeds from the journals support two great causes. (Read my blog from last week for more info!)

* Check out Hippie Chick Resale hosted by none other than Lisa Marie. Lisa and her lovely daughter, Jillian, will be at the Royal Oak Farmers Market on Sunday, October 25 with some of the most amazing things you will ever find! They'll have only the coolest vintage clothing, retro gifts, soy candles in recycled containers, handmade items and soooo much more! Email Lisa Mare at or give her a call at 248-730-4407 for more details!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Blisstory Question

What are you doing today to give back to your community?

Some of you might have guessed that we're a little passionate when it comes to helping people. There are two great organization's that we're cheering for and hoping you will, too. We'll also be helping our friend, Sharon Schmalz, of Le Cocoa Bee Honey, on Saturday's through October. Here's the skinny:

With a passion to make a difference The Bliss Network is donating

* 20% of The Blisstory Journal net proceeds to SOCHWelcomeInn
* 20% of The Sisstory Journal net proceeds to Enchanted Makeovers

1. The SOCH Welcome Inn is looking to purchase a building at 14 and
John R and they need our help. They need to raise about $90,000.
SOCH doesn't just feed those in need, they give them much needed guidance and services to get back on their feet, like mental health, clothing, food, shelter, transportation to and from bus stops to get to work, opportunities for job searching, a shower, a backpack, a chance to move beyond their circumstances.

With this crazy economy, we all know someone that is close to being "homeless" or sadly, may already be there!

2. Enchanted Makeovers, Terry Grahl found her life's calling. She
transform the shelters that save people's lives
into beautiful sanctuaries that heal their spirit.

What do women in shelters look like? They look like you and I. They could be your neighbor, your sister, your mother, your friend. They just happen to live in a shelter. These women are as much of an inspiration to
Terry Grahl, Founder and President of Enchanted Makeovers as Terry is to them. We are them and they are us.

All people desire and need the same things, no matter their current circumstance. It is a common yet, easily forgotten fact that the act of giving is the most eco-friendly, renewable fuel source that lifts you to new heights.
Terry Grahl's Enchanted Makeovers and SOCHWelcomeInn change lives and heal hearts! You can, too.

Please help by purchasing a copy of The Blisstory Journal and The Sisstory Journal today. Heck, purchase one of each for everyone on your holiday gift list! You can pick them up in person and have each one autographed this Saturday, October 10th, 24th and 31 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Just look for the signs at Le Cocoa Bee Honey. The Bliss Lady is helping her old friend Sharon Schmalz sell some honey, too! Sharon will have them available all month, too! Pick up books, grab some honey and head home. Fix a cup of tea, add that honey, and start filling in your Blisstory Journal or Sisstory Journal!

"You'll find out a lot about yourself, you'll help a lot of people and you'll be giving an awesome gift!