Author Archive | Kelly



I had worn the dress several times before; to a funeral, a couple of weddings, and a charity gala. It was nothing spectacular, but it always made me feel good about myself. It was black, with a flattering fit that covered all of my trouble spots. That night, accessorized it with Spanx and pantyhose, the […]

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My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer just over 3 years ago, a consequence of years of smoking. Due to the severity (or lack of) of the cancer and her previous medical condition, her doctor suggested radiation only. She sailed through the treatments, and was told by her oncologist that she would live a long […]

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O. M. G. It happened. I wish I was Southern, so I could have started this piece with “It happened y’all.” It just feels appropriate. The thing that I have been dreading since the day my oldest was born happened, and it happened so quickly, and so organically, that I didn’t have time to relish […]

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In a few short months, my husband and I will reach a relationship pinnacle, 15 years of coupledom. As we get closer to that date, I can’t help but think about the road that led us to choosing each other forever. And even though my husband prefers to believe that he was my first relationship, […]

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Dear Taylor Swift, It is been nearly two decades since I took pen in hand (figuratively) to write to a celebrity. Then, it was an up and coming boy band from Florida who was performing at the Mark of the Quad Cities. I, the generous manager of a men’s clothing store, wrote the 5 boys […]

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if my husband blogged

The following is an actual conversation between me and my husband: Chris: What are you doing? Me: Trying to write my blog for September. It was due yesterday, so I need to get it done. Chris: How very responsible of you. Me: I can’t figure out what to write about though. Chris: You don’t want […]

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breaking up with food

I love food. Grilled food, fast food, fried food, Italian food, food on a stick, food in a carton, food on a plate, food from a greasy bag in the front seat of my car. I have very few vices; I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs, and I rarely drink. But I love food…….I […]

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life in the red lane

While perusing the depths of the internet a few weeks ago, I found an article titled “13 Things You Should Know Before Dating a Redhead.” I was distracting myself from writing last month’s post enumerating upon my father’s death, because, emotions, yuck. Tackling this seemed like a better option.  As a natural redhead, I always […]

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a letter to my dead father

Dear Dad, As Father’s Day approaches, I find myself thinking of you more.  The realization that this is the 29th Father’s Day I’ve spent without you leaves me melancholy.  People say that time heals, but I find it harder as the years pass to properly contain my grief.  You were my age when you died.  […]

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10 things motherhood ruined for me

Now that the you are done basking in the warm glow of Mother’s Day, and you’re back to real life, let’s be honest with one another.  Sometimes motherhood sucks.  There aren’t any books or any advice that can fully prepare you for the changes you make in your life once you become a mother.  I […]

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