Angela Kelsey

Tell the Story

What I Learned Before, During, and After Hurricane Irma

Filed in Stories, voices :: September 25, 2017

My stuff that matters a lot to me fits in a small carry-on. My stuff that matters a little less to me fits in a small car. Electricity and air conditioning are luxurious necessities. Order is calming. Waiting is hard. My sister is brave. Afternoon bourbon is helpful. Ribs can be cooked on Sterno. No […]

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One Story

Filed in Memoir, Stories :: August 28, 2017

Sarah Payne is the exhausted writing teacher in Elizabeth Strout’s novel My Name Is Lucy Barton. Strout’s narrator says, “…recording this now I think of something Sarah Payne had said at the writing class in Arizona. ¬†‘You will have only one story,’ she had said. ‘You’ll write your one story many ways. Don’t ever worry […]

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Reading Magic and Loss

Filed in Books, Stories, voices :: July 30, 2017

Over the past few years, I’ve read fewer books than ever before, and of those books, even less fiction. I’ve said that the internet has melted my brain, wrecked my attention span. Or maybe the problem is my 50-something vision, or my glasses, or the quality of the light by my bed. I listen to […]

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The Abuser’s Knack

Filed in Dating Violence, Domestic Violence :: July 23, 2017

Batterers and abusers have an uncanny knack for sizing up others’ vulnerabilities–one of the reasons we stay too long is that they underscore doubts that are already in our own heads. The most powerful ones, those most ready for the abuser’s exploitation, are the ones we worry about with private shame. A little insecurity about […]

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And here we are.

Filed in voices :: July 17, 2017

I started blogging right after President Obama’s inauguration, participating in optimism and a sense of community here and in my little corner of the early days of Twitter. Vice President¬†Biden championed victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and the Violence Against Women Act was strong and enforced. But life–my life, your life, the life […]

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