Cherri Ellis

Sacred Objects

I had been putting off cleaning out the guest bedroom walk-in closet for so long that moving out was beginning to seem like a viable alternative.

Where the Green Grass Grows

In Bessemer, Alabama, four and a half miles off Highway 459 at Exit 1, there is a plot of land that is oddly untouched by time. This is Camp Fletcher, and it is here today because a young black woman named Pauline Fletcher just wouldn’t listen.

Instant Connections

Have you ever met someone who had a level of familiarity that belies the length of time you have known him or her? That is what it was like to meet Sol.

The Stresses of Tresses

By the third day, the situation was grave. I knew when I left the salon there was potential trouble, but I passed it off as a styling error. I had indeed asked for a blunt cut, but then the dear man had blown the ends under into shocking uniformity.

Here In My Car

I love to drive my car. I do not love to drive it when there are other people in it, as I find their jittery feedback annoying. But when I am alone, I am in my sanctuary, my office, my panic room, my carriage.

Reclaiming Beauty

As we walk around all day—whether or not we are conversing with others—there is a constant internal dialogue going on. Frequently with females, it involves noting some imperfection about themselves.


My friend Elizabeth was swimming to raise money for cancer; I was hanging out in the event T-shirt, eating a free granola bar, and trying to look like I was getting in the water. “Let’s go to Ikea tomorrow,” she said as she headed off to the water’s edge in a sea of yellow swim caps. “Sure,” I said, not realizing that I had just jumped down the rabbit hole.

You May Now Move Freely About the Cabin

2013 is skidding sideways onto the tarmac, knocking our luggage around a little but bringing us home safe. Each year carries with it the foibles and triumphs of another chronological age. It marks the morphing of four more seasons and brings reflection on the times that have shaped my life for those 526,600 minutes.

The Line

As I had been advised, it was the middle of the month, middle of the week, and after 2 p.m. when I stepped into the lobby of the Jefferson County Courthouse. To my right was the scanner like they have at the airport, and as the courtly, elderly gentleman took my briefcase, I wondered why everyone complained about this place; it seemed to me to be a beacon of calm policy and order.

Time For Me to Fly

Alison Page was a dance kid. Raised in the South, her mother ran her through the typical litany of extracurricular activities: ice skating, gymnastics, piano, horseback riding… soccer ended with her furiously asking her mother why they just wouldn’t give her the ball, and at tennis she would pirouette with every backhand. Alison, it appeared, was born to dance.

My So-Called Digital Life

If what we said mattered as much as what we did, we would all edit. by Cherri Ellis Remember when Facebook was just Facebook? When you used it to share the occasional witty observation, or pictures of a certain group of people to a certain group of people? Now I log on (which I do… Read More