Entries in mother's day (2)


dime defined: ain’t no mama like the one i got…

“You throw stones, but you don't live in a glass house – you get the stones from your house. And at this rate, you're not going to have a house.” This gem was an observation from my mother, about my tendency to play judge and jury. She made this unsolicited personality assessment when I was in my late twenties. This wasn't the first time she questioned my choices. I think our first major disagreement was over a styling preference when I was about five years old. It was my understanding that the flap on my sailor inspired jumper should be displayed in the front, to highlight the detail. My mother was adamant that the flap was designed to reflect a sailor's actual uniform and therefore the back is still her obvious choice. It's irrelevant as to who won this battle. Fashion is subjective, there shouldn't be any rules.

My philosophy regarding rules isn't by accident. Rules did not define our home; my mother believes in structure and she is clear in her belief that discipline has to accompany ambition. When I wander from my journey's direct path, her love was and is fearless without condition and unwavering in support. I attended four colleges in four and a half years and she did not once make me feel unfocused. But she did become my much needed reality check. When my father made clear that college number four would be my alma mater because he wasn't paying for college number five, my mother suggested that I choose wisely. By the way, don't judge. I only graduated one semester behind.

Jo Ann Lee has supported my artistic approach to life and work with intention. She is proof positive that it really isn't worth it if you don’t have to work for it. My mother retired at age sixty five, having worked full time since she was seventeen years old. She turned what started out as a simple love for numbers into a supervisory role on Chicago's trading floors. This woman is every single thing I aspire to be. If God is in the details, his light is the compass for my mother's love. She finds beauty in silence, solace in faith, peace in the truth, hope in vision, and freedom in joy. I have had the blessing of viewing my reflection through her eyes and it is the ultimate compliment.


NAME: Jo Ann Lee | HOME GROWN: Chicago, IL | DAY JOB: Retired Commodities Supervisor | DREAM JOB: Writing greeting cards for Hallmark.


MEAL: Duck, cornbread dressing, candied yams, and cabbage. | DESSERT: Peach Cobbler | SEASON: Autumn | CITY: Las Vegas and New Orleans | CANDY: Awesome Blossoms and Milk Chocolate Gummi Bears | WORD: Balderdash | AGE: I enjoy them all, it beats the alternative. | SOUND: The sound of spirituals – I love the way they make me feel. | TEAM: Chicago Cubs | MOVIE: It's a Wonderful Life | CHARITY: Toys for Tots

Q & A.

Q:  Who would portray you in the movie version of your life? Feature film, straight to DVD, or Lifetime Movie?
A:  She hasn't been born yet. Hallmark movie.

Q:  What artists or songs would contribute to the film's soundtrack?
A:  LOVE SIDE A  –  With You x The Moments  ::  Love and Happiness x Al Green  ::  Because You Loved Me x Celine Dion ::  At Last x Etta James  ::  A House Is Not a Home x Luther Vandross  ::  Inseparable x Natalie Cole  ::  Through the Years x Kenny Rogers  ::  Still x The Commodores  ::  I Wish It Were Yesterday x Billy Paul  ::  (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman x Aretha Franklin  ::  For Once In My Life x The Temptations :: Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me x Gladys Knight & The Pips  ::  We've Come Too Far to End It Now x Smokey Robinson & The Miracles  ::  I Can't Stop Loving You x Ray Charles  ::  I Believe In You and Me x Whitney Houston
LIFE SIDE B  –  Amazing Grace x Tramaine Hawkins  ::  Say Amen x Howard Hewitt  ::  If I Could x Regina Belle  ::  Imagine x John Lennon  ::  God Bless the Child x Billie Holiday  ::  Open Our Eyes x The Gospel Clefs  ::  One Moment In Time x Whitney Houston  ::  What a Wonderful World x Louis Armstrong  ::  Jesus Is My Kind of People x Gladys Knight  ::  It's My Turn x Diana Ross  ::  Over the Rainbow x Patti LaBelle  ::  I Am Changing x Jennifer Hudson  ::  That's What Friends Are For x Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder  ::  Celebration x Kool & The Gang  ::  Lean on Me x Bill Withers

Q:  What's the best advice you didn't take? 
A:  Don't expect others to react with the same intensity about issues that are important to you. There have been times when I just didn't understand how someone who saw what I considered an injustice lacked the capacity for empathy.

Q:  What film title sums up your experiences with love thus far?
A:  Stairway to Heaven

Q:  If your beauty routine had to be condensed, what three products make the cut?
A:  Bath & Body Works Look Ma, New Hands, The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter, and Vaseline.

Q:  What is your alter ego's name? Describe her in one word.
A:  She Who Speaks With A Sharp Tongue. Optimist.

Q:  What's the title of your autobiography – using one color and one emotion?
A:  Endless Joy in a Tangerine Utopia

Q:  Food, water, and _____? What else do you need to survive?
A:  My Joy.

Q:  Would you rather have no regrets or no fears?
A:  No regrets. Most fears are addressed in the present. Regrets are issues from the past that tend to have you forever looking backwards; and sometimes, even second guessing yourself.

Q:  What's your definition of dime?
A:  A dime is informed, compassionate, kind and charitable. She's an optimist, but also a realist. A dime is able to read between the lines; and in an effort to realize another’s point of view, she makes it her responsibility to see the world from their perspective. She has passion, not only for her life, but also for the civility of the human experience. The kismet of sharing the same space and time on this Earth with family and friends is not lost on her and she is thankful to God for the blessing.

Q:  What words do you live by?
A:  “I shall pass through this world but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do, let me do it now, let me not defer it nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”  ::  “Peace if possible, but justice at any rate.”  ::  “Figures don’t lie, liars figure.”  ::  “Choose your battles.”

Illustration Credits: Mother created by and provided courtesy of Debra Cartwright. | Toni created by and provided courtesy of Jessica Durrant.


mother's day giveaway: dogeared.

my mother in every intricate detail is the woman i aspire to be. the admiration and respect that i have for this woman who consistently gives me life can in no way be summed up by shiny jewels and brunch. i think we can all agree that mother's day doesn't seem like thank you enough. but it's a start…

dimeink has partnered with dogeared for a mother's day giveaway. two dimeink readers will each win a necklace from the MOM collection. the MOM collection necklaces are available in both gold dipped and sterling silver. simply stated and beautifully crafted, dogeared jewels celebrate every single day.

no purchase is necessary to enter or win. by entering or accepting the prize in this giveaway you agree to and are bound by all terms and conditions outlined in this post, along with any federal, state, or local laws and regulations. void where prohibited.

the giveaway starts on april 29th 2013 at 10am and ends on may 3rd 2013 at 3pm [central standard time] – one entry per person. two winners will be chosen by dimeink based on creativity and originality.


MALIYA [first prize]
– entry: wonder woman! i swear she wears a cape with magical powers under her clothes!! virtuous.

BEVIN C [second prize]
– entry: jackie kennedy. inspiring.

congratulations to the winners and thanks so much to all who participated.
the official rules detail the prize claim process.


– FIRST PRIZE: mom, you are loved necklace, sterling silver. valued at $68 [USD].
– SECOND PRIZE: mom keshi pearl necklace, gold dipped. valued at $52 [USD].

odds of winning are based on the number of entries received.


STEP ONE: connect with dimeink on at least one form of social media.
please include how you chose to connect in your comment entry.
– like dimeink on facebook.
– follow dimeink on twitter.
– follow dimeink on pinterest.
– trust dimeink on luvocracy.

STEP TWO: comment on this post using the following guidelines…
– answer this two part question: if your mom had an alter ego what would be her name?
describe her in one word.
– please do not leave your email or website address in the body of the comment section, your contact information will be requested prior to posting. name and email address are both required for entry in order to verify winners.

please note: all entries are reviewed by dimeink for approval. any entries containing spam, offensive or abusive language, unrelated content, or third party links will automatically be discarded without entry.


by entering, you certify that you are a u.s. resident, you are over 18, and you agree to have your name and winning entry listed on www.dime-ink.com.

by submitting original creative content you are granting dimeink a perpetual nonexclusive license to use submitted content including exercising any rights granted under the intellectual property laws, which use may extend beyond this giveaway. you agree this original content is owned by you and you therefore have the authority to grant such permissions.

two winners will be announced via this post at 10am on may 6th 2013. it is the winner's sole responsibility to check the updated giveaway post.

winners have thirty days from the date of the announcement to claim their prize or the prize is forfeited and an alternate winner will be chosen based on the initial judging criteria. upon confirmation of winning status, winners must email dimeink at imaginethat[at]dime-ink[dot]com from the same email address used at entry – subject line: dogeared giveaway winner. the email must include winner's full name and mailing address. please allow four to six weeks for prize delivery. your address is required only for the purpose of delivering the prize and will not be used by dimeink for any other purpose.

prizes awarded are accepted by winner "as is." dimeink and dogeared neither makes nor gives any representation or warranty with respect to the product and expressly disclaim all warranties, express, implied, or statutory, including warranties of lack of defects. in no event shall dimeink and dogeared be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or punitive damages however caused arising in any way out of this contest or winners use of the product. dimeink and dogeared shall not be responsible and shall not replace prize if prize is lost in the mail, misdirected, or stolen.

the giveaway may be canceled or modified at the discretion of dimeink if technical problems, fraud, or other factors not listed that may arise that are beyond the scope of dimeink's control.


dimeink: imaginethat[at]dime-ink[dot]com
dogeared: www.dogeared.com

[photography and graphics provided courtesy of dogeared. // pieces shown: mom, you are loved necklace, sterling silver | mom keshi pearl necklace, gold dipped | i love mom large white pearl necklace, gold dipped | mom sparkle heart necklace, sterling silver]