Hope In Unlikely Places

I believe in second chances. Well, not at first, there was a time when I’d give something a go and if it didn’t yield the result I wanted right away, I’d toss it aside. I’m flawed. Last week, for some reason, I was reminded of the time I tried to grow yellow roses in my […]

Hiding In Plain Sight

I was alarmed and a bit irritated. “Do you know why I stopped you, ma’am?” the officer prompted. “No,” my response was clipped, but I honestly had no clue. “What’s going on, Cece?” said a voice from overhead. I was driving home while engaged in a hands-free conversation with my mother. Her voice boomed through […]

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A ‘Dream’ Not Deferred and A Chip Off the Old Block

“I’m getting tickets for the Atlanta Dream when the season restarts,” I say to my sons as we had lunch last Saturday. “The Atlanta who?” my 8-year old inquires with a hint of smugness and sarcasm in his voice. He’s quick-witted and a bit of a smarty pants, a chip off the old block. “The […]

Watching The Ocean Breathe

I saw this picture on a Google+ post the other day, and I keep going back to it because I loved the question posed: If you could sit on this bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone from the past or present who would it be? For me it wasn’t hard to decide, it […]

My ‘One Word’ Year

“You can ask for forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one’s own self.” — Maya Angelou I’m my own worst critic. Is it strange to admit that in the first month of the year? January is usually a time for renewals, resolutions, and do-overs; yet, here I am admitting […]

30 Rock Redux

“No one forgets the truth, they just get better at lying.” – Revolutionary Road There are nuggets of truth everywhere you look.  In innocent conversations with children, in watching elderly couples hold hands during their morning walk, in selfies (self-portraits), and even in the Starbucks drive-thru. Venti, non-fat, no foam, no water, 6 pumps, extra […]

Desires of Your Heart

My timing is off, always has been. In most situations, I hardly get to say exactly what I want to say when I need to say it. Is it just me? Have you ever been in a situation where you had the perfect response only the moment has passed? Sweet agony. That retort to a […]

Who’s Watching What And When

We recently purchased a rather large recliner and placed it near the television.  I railed against sitting in for weeks in fear that I might make it a permanent home, especially now since it’s the season of joy and peace – and holiday movies. But in the spirit of (um) tradition I relented and decided […]

Not Quite Right

I think there’s an art to not getting things quite right. Truly there is. The lopsided cake, the DIY project that you shouldn’t have done yourself, or the sweater you attempted to knit that somehow turned out to be a scarf. Don’t ask. You can attribute it to lack of focus, the dizziness of the […]