Author Archive | Kelly

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A LOVE LETTER TO MY OLDEST SON

Dear Brady, It’s late. I hear your brother in his room, cooing just loud enough to make his presence known. You’ve long since gone to bed, quickly saying your “I love you’s” and offering your forehead, now at the height of my nose, for a kiss. Tomorrow morning, I’ll wake you for school, and you’ll […]

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FOR ASD KIDS AKA “WHERE’S THE WINE”

I initially started this post with the best of intentions. I set out to write the definitive list of gifts for harried parents of children on the autism spectrum. I soon realized such a list was not possible. The spectrum is so wide reaching, that each child has their own unique set of challenges and […]

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#METOO

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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LILACS AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: COPING WITH DEATH AT 40

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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THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

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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TO ALL THE MEN I’VE KNOWN BEFORE

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

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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