It seems like in today's society we wear our busyness like a badge of honor. We take pride in how many things we're involved in and brag about our accomplishments - grasping at identity, assurance and validation from every check mark on our never-ending, self-imposed to-do list. Work harder. Try harder. Do more. Do better. … Continue reading No Vacancy
"I have a word for you," she said, looking up at me with her hopeful eyes. "FEARLESS!" Fearless. Just the sound of it rolling off her tongue produced anxiety within me. What a word to live up to. How wonderful that she saw me this way; yet, how terrible that it wasn't true at all. … Continue reading Fear[LESS]
Phit Clothing is a brand-new athletic wear clothing line designed for plus-size men. Creative Visionary Officer Phillip White needed a simple website and brand story to launch his brand onto the online stage. His new website, phitclothing.com, created by d_lightfullcreative, gave his brand the online presence he was looking for, setting the foundation for his future … Continue reading Phit Clothing
The enemy has tricked the church into confusing complacency with contentment. But do not be deceived, these two are not the same. See, complacency nests in the depths of disappointment. He dines with fear and doubt, whispering "Do not take a step; you're fine right where your at." So you settle in fine instead of … Continue reading Untamed
Two nights ago I had a dream... I don't usually remember my dreams, but this one stuck out to me, and I've been able to remember every detail. I feel like it's significant, though I haven't fully grasped the meaning of it. I've been praying for the Lord to give me dreams and visions while … Continue reading What’s the buzz?
"Every longing of my heart you satisfy...you love, you love, you love to satisfy." Wow. I can't believe from where you've taken me in the past few months. You let me have the desires of my heart - a degree, a fiancé, the opportunity to travel the world - to find that it was all … Continue reading 1:16
Dalise wrote the following one-act play for a creative writing course she took at Tarrant County College in 2014. It addresses the complicated ethical questions surrounding capital punishment. It has been edited from its original format to make it more easily readable. (SR = Stage Right, SL = Stage Left, UC = Up Centre, O.S. … Continue reading Serving Justice
F rolicking, laughter echoes in R esponse to shared secrets – I f only these moments would linger E ternally. Count on me, as N ight counts on D awn to break, just when darkness S eems unending. H ow time molds an I nsignificant other into P redestined companion.
This poem was originally published in Volume XV of Marine Creek Reflections, the creative literary journal of Tarrant County College Northwest of which Dalise was a student staff editor in 2014. Life bursts from familiar darkness into incriminating white; intensified by blinding light - reflection off white-washed walls and bleached tile floors; wrapped tightly in a … Continue reading White Life
Click the blurbs below to read the stories Dalise wrote while employed by United Way of Tarrant County on United Way of Tarrant County's website.