Category Melissa Maimone

Spend Some Time in Her Shoes | Sherry Poundstone

A young couple moved into a new neighborhood. The first morning, while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw that her neighbor hanging her laundry outside. ‘That laundry is not very clean’, she said. ‘She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap’ Her husband looked on, but remained silent. […]

To Protect and Serve | Melissa Maimone

I changed my outfit 7 times. What to wear for an evening of patrolling the streets, keeping the peace, and securing the city until the wee hours of the morning? I was going on a ride-along with the LAPD and wanted to be prepared for anything. I settled on jeans, a black top, and of […]

Letting Go of a Bad Feeling | Melissa Maimone

Through the years, I’ve become an expert at feeling bad. The New Year puts my expert skills in overdrive. I assess my plans & goals for this past year; the things I accomplished and the things I didn’t. I feel great about my successes. The things I’ve failed at, forgotten, or left unfinished? I feel […]

Gathering Dandelions | Melissa Maimone

My first real boyfriend entered my life when I was 16. His name was David and he had great eyes, a great smile, and he was smart and kind. Even better? He had a car. It was a two-door coup with bucket seats and it was painted my favorite color. It easily weaved in and […]

The Edge of Irises | Melissa Maimone

I was at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and had the opportunity to stand in front of the breathtaking work of Vincent Van Gogh’s Irises. I tried to take it all in—the beauty , the thick layers of paint and the small, bold strokes of color. I studied each individual part of the painting while trying […]

Postcards and Precipices | Melissa Maimone

I’d seen pictures of the Grand Canyon all my life in a variety of ways; in magazines, on calendars, screen savers, paintings, magnets, postcards, and more. So, when my family decided to visit there recently, I pretty much thought I knew what to expect. We arrived in the late afternoon when I first saw it. […]

Crimes of Joy | Melissa Maimone

It’s been an awesome day. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is back, my favorite yogurt was in stock at Trader Joe’s, and I found a great parking space at Costco. I actually liked how my rear end looked in my jeans, I finally found a mascara that doesn’t smear, and I had a 45 minute nap. […]

An Unexpected Autumn | Melissa Maimone

I drove home from the party without the radio on. I was enjoying the silence and lost in my thoughts of mundane things; like what I needed from the grocery store, my “to-do” list for the following day, and exactly how many calories were in the bacon-wrapped date I had eaten earlier. Times seven. I […]

Surrounded | Melissa Maimone

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1 This verse makes me […]

Inspired | Melissa Maimone

I didn’t send out a blog at the beginning of this month. I’ve been waiting for inspiration. And waiting. And waiting. I have no desire to fill up a page or a stage with words that “will do” when they really don’t. To a creative mind, inspiration is a valued and rare gift. We wait […]

The Biggest Question of the Summer – by Melissa Maimone

“Watch me, Mom! Are you watching? Here I go!” I looked up from the magazine I’d been trying to read to watch Cole jump into the pool in the exact same way he had done 7 times before. A few seconds later, his head popped up out of the water like a cork. “Did you […]