Angela Kelsey

Tell the Story

Complicated is a good thing.

Filed in Inspiration, Stories, Women :: April 1, 2013

Women say, I’ve said, maybe you’ve said, that relationships between and among women are complicated. This past Saturday afternoon was the closing of  Jeanne and Nancy’s museum exhibit. Here they are looking at Jeanne’s cloth together. I honored Jeanne, who honored Nancy. It was complicated. And we listened to other women read their essays, and […]

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Filed in Film, Speak out, Stories :: February 17, 2013

First, my television confession:  Nip/Tuck, an FX show which ran from 2003-2010, streamed from Netflix, is perfect for a rainy hour on the couch or the treadmill. It explores, sometimes clumsily and sometimes gracefully, the contradictions between internal and external reality. The two main characters are fictional Miami plastic surgeons Sean McNamara and Christian Troy. McNamara, pretty-much-ethical-family-man-barely-keeping-his-life-together, is […]

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Scar Clan, Ctd

Filed in Inspiration, Speak out, Stories, tell, Writing :: February 15, 2013

I’m reading Women Who Run With the Wolves very slowly. Meanwhile, I’m asking myself how my memoir stands up as a story, not only my story. I ask myself,  Does it have the necessary ingredients for the heroine’s journey? Have I written a main character who faces obstacles and, as a result, changes just as much as […]

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One of the One Billion Rising

For months I’ve been wound up about Congress’s failure to reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women Act. The law was first passed in 1994, and reauthorized without incident in 2000 and 2005. It worked. More women had access to more protection from violence and abuse. When it was time to reauthorize VAWA in 2011, additional provisions […]

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A Matter of Life and Death

Filed in live, What I'm Writing Today, Writing :: January 2, 2013

Last year I picked a word and ran with it all year: tell. I’m still running with it, and still thinking about 2012 and still needing to write about it, and I will, soon. But I’ve chosen my word for 2013, and it’s “live,” the verb.   Maybe I’m feeling my mid-life-ness. Maybe it’s time […]

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