Angela Kelsey

Tell the Story

A Matter of Life and Death

Filed in 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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Filed in Stories :: December 3, 2012

I left south Florida at 8:30 on the morning after Thanksgiving, and I was landing here again fewer than 36 hours later, at 8 on Saturday night.  A week later I have a sense of what took me back  to a very different “south”–South Carolina–and what I brought back home with me. There were name […]

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Why go back?

Filed in Stories :: November 23, 2012

I’m sitting in the airport in Ft. Lauderdale, waiting to board a plane to South Carolina for my 30th high school reunion. I didn’t go to the 10th (divorcing my first husband) or the 20th (temporarily separated from my second husband) or the 25th (divorcing my second husband). Finally, 30 years after high school, tumultuous […]

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Filed in Stories :: July 20, 2012

This morning when I heard the news of the Aurora shooting. I immediately thought of Jeanne, whose son lives in Denver, and who wrote a beautiful post today that weaves a whirlwind of reactions into a reminder to love each other. I keep thinking about the story of one of the people who was killed. […]

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Freedom To Wear the Hat

Filed in Domestic Violence ::

I’ve been writing a series of freedom-centered writing prompts, and I want to share some of them here. Here’s the first one: In ancient Rome, slaves who were to be freed were given a hat called a pileus during a ceremony of emancipation. Reading that, I thought, “why would they want to wear a special […]

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