Cherri Ellis

The Surprise Party

I was not meant for a life of espionage.

Baby, You’re a Firework

If fitness classes were people, then I would be one of those commitment-phobic idiots wondering why I was still single.

Survive When You Have To

The first time I became aware of Deirdre, it was because I had stumbled across a photo of her online. I was producing a public service announcement for cancer awareness, and I was idly searching for images on my computer.

Come On Baby, Light My Fire

I have owned two houses in my life. One I built as a soon-to-be-married 20-something while I also planned a wedding. I tell you this with love and all of the wisdom in the world: Do not do these two things at the same time.


As I write this, we are 401 days away from the presidential elections, and the ugly is out.

Let Alpha Phi-dom Ring

In the unlikely possibility that you haven’t seen or heard of it, the University of Alabama chapter of Alpha Phi posted a recruitment video that sparked more national media attention than all other PanHellenic activities combined.

Small Change

Walt and Larry have played the same 10 numbers in the Ohio State Lottery twice a week for 22 years. One day, unbelievably, after playing the same numbers more than 2,000 times, they won.

You Want It When?

There are two official definitions of the word deadline. One is the absolute last date or time at which something must be completed, and the other is a historical reference to a line drawn around a prison beyond which prisoners will likely be shot.

Raise Your Hand if You’re Sure

On a recent visit to my hometown, my mom and I had a fabulous time going through old pictures. Wearing pajamas and drinking wine late into the night, we covered her floor with evidence of the past.

Magic Mike

Meet Mike. He is my daughter Chelsea’s Golden Retriever puppy, and he owns us.

My Own Gayle Force

When a friend sent me the official Buzzfeed “How Oprah Are You?” quiz, I was able to check yes to 36 of the 75 questions. This makes me, according to them, “A Little Bit Oprah.”