CheneyDaily Photo, Letters To Elise, Parenting, Writing Challenges17 Comments

It’s the first day of summer. A new season. A new chapter here. And there’s really no gentle way to segue into this one. When my daughter Elise was much younger she was diagnosed with a number of conditions, and because (as some people would say) I am a terrible mother, I didn’t define her, or let our lives be … Read More

Salt Water

Cheney366skies, Daily Photo, Mental Health, Uncategorized2 Comments

After seeing my lovely therapist this morning, I decided that what I needed more than anything in the entire world was to go to the beach. I just didn’t care that it was January and 31 degrees with a windchill that made it feel much colder. I knew and didn’t care that the wind off the water would probably not … Read More


Cheney366skies, Daily Photo, Fiction, Writing Challenges5 Comments

  “Estos Americanos pueden besar mi culo!” Father cursed at the middle finger America raised with her soil upon our arrival. I had expected clear skies and grand trees and was left bereft. My father, incensed. Dreams trump reality. There’s no turning back.

Five O’clock Somewhere

Cheney366skies, Daily Photo, Fiction, Writing Challenges13 Comments

No one bothers me at the grocery store. I’m invisible there, just another overweight, frumpy looking mom wandering the aisles with my cart, telling myself that 33 is still a tender age. I’ll spend ten minutes in the can aisle, picking up tins of peas and green beans in slime even though I would never buy them, because I’m an … Read More

Constant Cold Mornings

Cheney366skies, Daily Photo2 Comments

I was just scrolling through my Instagram feed and reminding myself that summer is a thing that actually exists, and that maybe, hopefully, eventually it will come again. Maybe one day I’ll be able to wake up in the morning and see something other than a cold blue sky and snow on the ground, and instead step out into the … Read More

The Stopped Me in My Tracks Sky

Cheney366skies, Daily Photo, On Life0 Comments

I was putting away some laundry while Elise was in the shower and saw this beautiful blue glow from the balcony door. I parted the curtain and took this first photo, filing it away in my head to post it later as the photo of the day. A minute or two later I was heading downstairs to get something and … Read More

“Blizzard” 2016

Cheney366skies, Daily Photo2 Comments

Two days ago I took a photo from this very spot of the sun rising across the street. Today it’s a whole different scene as the full moon comes in its place, shining low and bright in the evening sky, and the “blizzard” of 2016 rolls into town, but so far things aren’t as bad as they have been predicting … Read More