Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Have you ever read a book and loved it? As every line shackled you and with bated breath you simply could not wait to turn the page, romance novels do not count (personally I detest those things). I mean a book, a tale so riveting it plays like a movie in your mind. Assuming you said yes and the memory has come flooding back, you're smiling aren't you? now flip the script. Ever watched a movie of a book without reading the book and was captivated by it, so much so you could not wait to get your hands on the book? After all the book is always better right... au contraire.
I watched the movie " A walk to remember" more than a dozen times, having fallen in love with it from the first time I saw it. Over the years it has ranked as one of my favorite movies of all time. Well several months ago I got my hands on the book and a few weeks ago I read it. Let me tell you I was crushed, had I read the book then seen the movie who knows how I would feel. So I offer this advise to those who have seen and loved the movie, leave the book on the shelf or if you must read it, forget about the movie. The two are very different, in fact, the religious premiss of the book is almost completely removed. The similarities begin and end with the names of the characters, almost all else has been... dare I say, "hollywoodized!" I am not at all sure how I feel about that.


Monday, August 11, 2014

What a loss!

I am stunned at the news of Robin William's passing, he is my absolute favorite comedian. There was never and never will there be anyone as talented as he. May he rest in peace.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Empathy and the lack there of...

I watch the news or what snippet of it I can find each day, I have always been that way. In my youth I made a point to watch the year in review just to see if I had missed anything during the year. Lately I have had the hardest time watching the news for a few reasons. To begin with there is so much tragedy, hatred and cruelty. It's as though humans are caught in the grip of something sinister, I have a hard time listening to the broadcasters and or reporters. I would like to think that this is a turn of the screw, deeper yet no different than the turn before it but I can't. I have come to the conclusion that greed and lack of empathy seems to dictate the actions of so many, we as a human race are destined to rip each other to pieces. What happened to our world? I sit here thinking of a song by Lou Rawls that I loved long ago, maybe you know it, if not, it's worth looking up. It's called "What's the matter with the world" it goes on to say "has the world gone mad, nothing's wrong with the world, it's just the people that's in it" It all gives me pause; war, disease, murder and the list goes on. I just don't see the harm in the idea of live and let live but I suppose that would require empathy and not too many of us even understand what that means anymore.

Be well

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Now that it's over....

After 4 long years of waiting, it's over! I can honestly say that this world cup came with more ups and downs than most for me. I found that more teams played what I have always called "dirty" and that was troublesome. The up side however was those teams did not get very far, so yes, there is justice. The USA did far better than they were given credit for, next time I hope that they improve stamina, speed and rush the goal a bit more. Still, I can say anything since I am just sitting and watching, after all... "everyone has an opinion". I have gained great respect for several players this year and more than once my heart broke as they and their teams were eliminated. When the final match rolled around I had no favorite because I liked both teams but as the game progressed it went without saying that Germany played a better and cleaner game so they earned the win. That said without naming names or pointing fingers I will say this...for the teams who played dirty, clean up your act please, children are watching. For the teams who fell short but played with all their hearts, do not be discouraged. For my home team, you made us proud! For Germany and Argentina...hats off to you both. With that I shall begin my count down to World Cup 2018.

Play fair and Play hard World :)


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Soccer...the real foot ball :)

Well it is that time again...FIFA has me parked in front of my television and until the final whistle I shall not be moved! As always though it irritates me when some of these talented young men play dirty, why not play by the rules and let the score tell the tale. Never the less I hold out hope that the world will watch and cheer along with me, setting aside our differences and celebrating the passion and heart that goes into playing this great sport for 90 plus minutes.

I don't care what anyone says, I will scream and cheer for the red white and or lose!

Go World

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Soldier at the museum

I felt you then I saw you,
didn’t even catch your name.
In moment so much deeper
than days of all my same.

Pass the glass enclosures,
this yesteryear by pane.
Battles, guns and bullets,
trinkets that remain.

I saw you fixed and humbled,
my heart knew all too well…
you stood inside a memory,
your lips would never tell.

I wanted to engage you,
to share a thought or two
but couldn’t find the courage,
for who knows what you’d do.

Glare at me in anger,
as I disturb your thought
or would you just ignore me,
unsure of what I sought.

It’s too late now to do it
and though you’ll never hear.
Inside my still small moment,
I’ll tell you now I care.

I care beyond the camo,
the colors that you wear.
Each moment I was absent,
though you were surely there.

I care that you endured it;
the pain, the loss, the fight.
I thank you for your courage,
beyond my field of sight.

Deo Volente
aka KEC.
June 7, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

Pain and loss

I have not written a word in so long and now more than ever I have to.

How do I write my hurt in prose
while deep within my heart it grows.
I can't begin to pen the pain
for now each word may be in vain
as only God knows if you hear,
since you are now, no longer here.
A broken heart, a shaken soul
for all the moments left untold.
I wish I had the time to tell
all that caused this heart to swell.
All the laughter, all the pain,
all things different, all the same.
Tears perched deeply in these eyes
death came knocking without lies.
Nothing made up, nothing blurred,
memories wrapped in every word
all the things now left unsaid
as you rest your weary head.
I loved you then and love you still,
I pray you know, I always will.

Keisha E-Cook
Aka Deo Volente

February 3, 2014