Angela Kelsey

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Life is easier, in some ways, when things are neatly divided into them/us, bad/good, never/always boxes. When those boxes crumble, when the lines between certainties blur, our assumptions and givens shake. Things get trickier and more interesting. A few box-crumbling events have happened in my world over the past few years: a friend’s husband was […]

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A Pinch of Salt

Filed in Speak out, Spirituality, Stories, Travel :: January 13, 2015

When Mr. Z. and I were in Paris last month, our hosts, the Scotts, took us to one of their favorite restaurants, Chez Denise. Even though my own lunch was delicious and satisfying, I openly coveted the os á moelle that the French couple next to us ordered.  My companions, veterans of French food and committed to their […]

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Pet and Women Safety Act

Filed in Domestic Violence, Politics :: October 8, 2014

When you live with an abusive partner, it’s hard to imagine leaving your pets with him if you move out, even temporarily. Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Katherine M. Clark (D-MA) have cosponsored The Pet and Women Safety Act. Here’s Ros-Lehtinin with her office dog, Maya.

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Talk, talk

Filed in Current Affairs, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence :: September 23, 2014

The Ray Rice “story” and (thanks in part to the NFL’s clumsy, clueless handling of its role) the media’s continued coverage of it is strange in a “wow” kind of way: people are talking about a sometimes taboo subject that I raise whenever I can. Sometimes talk is only gossip, or herd mentality, or meaningless Facebook likes and […]

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Dear Janay Palmer Rice

Filed in Current Affairs, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence :: September 11, 2014

Dear Janay Palmer Rice, I’m not an NFL wife, but from 1999-2007, I was abused by my husband, a charismatic man with a lot of friends who bordered on fans. Today is the seventh anniversary of my divorce. I totally understand that the last thing you want right now is to be the centerpiece of […]

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