Angela Kelsey

Tell the Story

One of the One Billion Rising

Filed in Domestic Violence :: February 15, 2013

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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In Their Own Language

Filed in Stories :: February 14, 2013

Today  Jeanne celebrates a Big Birthday with friends and family, face-to-face and online, but a Big Birthday is only the beginning of all there is to celebrate with and about my dear friend, so here’s a story. In June of 2012, we  spent a weekend in De Land, Florida. We edited my memoir, laughed, cried, stayed up late, […]

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“Scar Clan”

Filed in Books, Stories :: January 4, 2013

When I was returning home from my 30th reunion trip last November, I chatted with a woman in the airport who was reading a book that had affected both of us deeply (Sandy Tolan’s The Lemon Tree). In the course of a conversation that consisted of sentences that began with “Have you read . . […]

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A Matter of Life and Death

Filed in live :: 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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Hymn to the Eternal Flame

Filed in Holiday stories :: December 16, 2012

Last night we went to Seraphic Fire’s “Silent Night” concert, which director Patrick DuPre Quigley described as a “pause”–a pause in a busy season, surely, but also a pause in grieving the tragedy in Connecticut on Friday. They performed this song by Stephen Paulus, illuminating season and grieving remembrance.    

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