Hi! I'm Kelly.

As a writer, I've always been interested in family stories. When I heard of a Satanic cult in my family tree, I thought I'd found the story of a lifetime. Read more.

Five Things About Today

Five Things About Today

  1. I decided that I absolutely could not get through the day without a strawberry poppyseed spinach salad. I buckled both kids in the car, ignoring the toddler's protests, and prepared myself for the chaos of two little boys waiting in line at a crowded cafe. But everyone was so pleasant. A nice woman rushed ahead of me so she could hold the door, and everyone chatted with us and cooed at the baby and pretended not to notice when the toddler fingered up a platter of peanut butter eggs that was sitting on the counter. 
  2. As we walked through the library parking lot, I saw a bird sleeping in a feathery ball on the pavement. It had a long, thin beak and a showy tail, and seemed to barely notice our presence. I posted a picture to Facebook and asked what kind of bird it was. The consensus: American Woodcock. I've never seen one before. 
  3. When we got in the library, the toddler wanted to play with the toy cash register that they keep behind the front desk. He went up to the librarian and said, "Can I have the cash register, please?" The librarian gave me a confused look, so I said, "This is the politest stick-up ever." She didn't laugh. 
  4. The toddler went to Grandma's house this afternoon and I got some time to paint while the baby took his afternoon nap.
  5. Grandma texted me that the toddler said that Charlie Brown said that he was dumb and was going to kill himself. Which was true. Charlie Brown had tried to kick the football and Lucy pulled it away, and he said that if he wasn't more careful that he was going to kill himself. But God, that sounds so strange and haunting coming from a three-year-old. Maybe I'll delete the Charlie Brown storybook app from the iPad. 

77/365. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Painting Paper and Taking Photos

Painting Paper and Taking Photos

Being in Control of the Writing

Being in Control of the Writing