I wanted to share with you this great video from my Laura Pollina. In it she demonstrates the idea that thoughts have energy through energy sticks using the example of her parent’s dog, Georgie (who is truly the sweetest.) Positive thoughts expand… I personally love energy stick and know how easy they are to make at home!


BOILED & BAKED: Bubbie’s Bagels

Location: Traverse City, MI (base of Old Mission Peninsula, next to Little Ceasers and Thai Cafe. Across the street from the drive-through Starbucks) 

You might want to CALL in your bagel order RIGHT NOW- Because Bubbie’s Bagels are going FAST! EVERY DAY! They open at 8 am and are often sold out by 10 am and earlier on the weekends. Especially during these days quarantine, where a delicious homemade bagel literally makes your day! 

The word is spreading and recently opened Bubbie’s Bagels is a new local go-to for bagels that make you smile. I personally stopped by a few times, parked in front of the store to call in my order (as we were currently in a Stay-at-Home order in Michigan) only to find out they had SOLD OUT! So, I learned my lesson and since then have called ahead to place my order. Today, my family got the baker’s dozen with an assortment of a poppy seed, salt, plain, and everything. We topped it off with some whipped cream cheese and were NOT disappointed! Owner Sam just opened his shop about a month ago… All of his bagels use a sourdough base, and fermented for over two days, allowing them to develop ultimate flavor. They use traditional techniques of boiling the bagels before baking, rather than steam them, in order to develop a perfectly chewy interior and crispy outside. If you are visiting Traverse City this summer make sure to save one breakfast for Bubbie’s and perhaps enjoy them on the beach! 


Bubbie’s Bagels
1215 E Front St, Traverse City, Michigan 49686

Call – (231) 252-3587

Open Tuesday-Sunday 8am-Noon

For the latest BAGEL news follow them on Instagram @Bubbiesbagels


Frontline Hero: Dr. Jen Schaffler, Anesthesiologist & Supermom

Dr. Jen Schaffler

Anesthesiologist & Supermom in Traverse City, Michigan

Meet Frontline Hero:

Dr. Jen Schaffler, Anesthesiologist at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan. 

During these strange times of COVID-19 I wanted to feature someone who is truly helping to make the world a better place, what better person than Dr. Jen Schaffler! This Frontline Hero is an Anesthesiologist at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan. She has been practicing for over ten years, helping patients by putting them to sleep for surgery, and keeping them alive throughout their procedure. It’s a lot like being a pilot, and Dr. Schaffler gets her patients to their destination safely, no matter what the conditions. Those conditions have not changed in the face of a pandemic, in face they are more important than ever! PS, she is also a SUPER-MOM and just got a new puppy! I asked Dr. Schaffler a few questions, and despite her crazy schedule, she took the time to tell us a little more…  

We are currently living through a world-wide pandemic, how has this affected you both personally and professionally? Personally, it has been a lovely reminder of the true priorities in life- our families and our good health.  We will likely never have this forced “slow down” again, so as a family we are trying to make the most of it.  Professionally, I couldn’t be prouder of the anesthesia team at Munson.  From our planning and preparation sessions to our initiation of the intubation service and ongoing surgical duties, we have spent hours gearing up to help our community by offering top-notch, up-to-date care for our patients, all while keeping ourselves and our families safe.

What is your current professional advice for navigating a post-COVID-19 society going forward? First and foremost, we will get through this. It’s easy to get lost in “fake news”, so I’d encourage people to find a reliable, evidence-based source to guide your decisions as you return to normal.  Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and stay home if you’re not feeling well.  We’ve known these things our entire lives, but focusing our attention on these simple things will limit the fear and spread of pandemonium.  

How do you see this pandemic affecting the way you practice medicine going forward? I will continue, as always, to take precautions to reduce the transmission of any communicable infectious disease to and from my patients.

Tell us about PPE… Is that N-95 face mask comfortable? Ugh!  No!  There are many shapes and sizes of N95 masks, which require a “fit test” to know which is best for you.  Of course, the one that fits me best makes my face itch like crazy.  And each breath is conscious and requires effort.  Easy to get claustrophobic when it fits as it should.  

Should patients feel comfortable heading into surgery going forward? Why? Absolutely.  Munson has been following guidelines as directed by our governor. Patients can rest assured that all of us at the hospital, from the physicians to nurses to cleaning staff, are most known to keep you safe while you’re a patient.

Why are you passionate about medicine? In a few words, it’s a calling.

What does a normal day look like for you? The only consistent part of my day is the early morning!  I’m out the door before 6 am.  Some days I’m providing anesthesia on my own, others I’m directing multiple ORs with a team of nurse anesthetists. Some days it’s OB, others pediatrics or cardiac or neuro or orthopedics or plastics.  I love the variety.

You are a mother to two beautiful kiddos and full-time doctor at a busy hospital, how do you do it all?!  I don’t do it all.  My husband Pat keeps our ship afloat.  He’s currently working from home, home-schooling a 3rd and 4th grader, house-training a puppy, and keeping everyone fed and happy.  I am so thankful for him.

It took you years to get to where you are today, can you explain the path to becoming an anesthesiologist? After high school, there are 4 years of college, taking lots of science courses. Then 4 years of medical school, followed by 4 years of anesthesia residency. I took a roundabout way through pediatrics residency first, but most anesthesiologists land their first job around age 30. 

What is your advice for aspiring young females (and males) looking to get into medicine? As I said above, it’s truly a calling.  Don’t let anyone talk you into or out of medicine. 🙂  

What are your other hobbies and passions? Ha, I used to have hobbies!  Now I’m a mom who likes to travel, ski and boat with my family.

To end our interview, can you share a funny joke or tad-bit?
I asked my son when he was 7, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  He was thinking for a minute, so I prompted him, “do you want to be a doctor?”  He looked at me with a grimace and said, “mom, only GIRLS are doctors.” 😊



  • Once you arrive at The Grand Traverse Lighthouse there is ample parking and lots of picnic tables for enjoying an afternoon snack. There are also restrooms and a great play structure for kids. 
  • As of April 2020, the cost for lighthouse admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children (6-12) and 5/under are free.  A Recreation Passport is required to enter the State Park. For up-to-date information visit the park’s website: www.grandtraverselighthouse.com
  • There are some great campsites directly on the waterfront. Reservations for the campground can be made by online at www.midnrreservations.com

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse 

Located at the Northern tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, inside Leelanau State Park, 9 miles North of the town of Northport, is The Grand Traverse Light House. The lighthouse itself has been restored and is open to the public, and there is a cute little gift shop (open daily from May through October and weekends in November). In addition to the lighthouse, visitors can enjoy a beautiful hike, swimming, sunsets, fishing, and nature observation in the park.

Campsites that are directly on the waterfront are available for reservation, they are complete with their own fire pit for making s’ mores or cooking hot dogs! Comprised of 1,500 acres of breathtaking Lake Michigan shoreline and woods, Leelanau State Park offers 55 rustic campsites, three mini cabins, 8.5 miles of hiking/skiing trails, a playground for kids, public restrooms, and a picnic area. The highlight of visiting is the views of Lake Michigan, Cathead Bay, Grand Traverse Bay, and the Manitou Passage.

From the map it looks like there is a lot of sandy beach to the left of the lighthouse, however, recently the water levels are high and some of these shoreline trails are covered by the fresh waters of Lake Michigan. 

Directions: The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is 35 miles north of Traverse City.  Take M-22 from Traverse City to Northport.  Then follow the “Lighthouse” signs through Northport on M-204 which flows into Lighthouse Pt. Rd.  Continue on Lighthouse Pt. Rd. following the “Leelanau State Park” signs to the very end. See map below…