Autumn Leaves in Later Summer

Walking through the woods, I admire the changing leaves on the aspen trees. It looks like fall but feels like summer. I take off my sweater and look at the view that’s similar to the moon. Wide open space with very little human life equates to the feeling of being on another planet. The leavesContinue reading “Autumn Leaves in Later Summer”

The Perfect Temperature

(This photo was taken at 6:30pm, 70° F.) 72° F I’m sitting on my back deck, something I rarely do voluntarily these days, catching up on a few New Yorker magazines I’ve been ignoring for too long. It’s early evening, almost 6:00 pm and the warm breeze is blowing. I can feel the end ofContinue reading “The Perfect Temperature”

945 Miles

Nebraska feels longer than Iowa and Iowa felt like forever while I was fast asleep. I watch the miles drop as I fly by green signs on the highway traveling west. Listening to a podcast, my father sleeping in the passenger seat, I wonder how long it will take until I see something new. GreenContinue reading “945 Miles”

A Letter to Myself at 15

Dear 15-year-old Kelly, Ten years from now, you’ll be finishing up your bachelor’s degree in English after years of trying to figure out what you want to do. You will be a published writer. You don’t realize this now but writing will become one of the most important parts of your life. Writing will helpContinue reading “A Letter to Myself at 15”

Miracle Baby: 25 Years Later

On Saturday, the 25th of August, I will be turning 25 years old. My golden birthday. For those of you who don’t know my story, I’ll give the short version. I was supposed to be born on November 25th. My mom had a liver transplant when she was 20 weeks pregnant with me on JulyContinue reading “Miracle Baby: 25 Years Later”

Motion Sickness on a Flight

Thousands of feet up in the air, I’m trapped in this metal tube. I feel dizzy and I’m not spinning. Overheated from the lack of air circulation. Head throbbing that will eventually turn into a migraine after I land. I close my eyes and the spinning becomes faster. Minutes move along like hours. I can’tContinue reading “Motion Sickness on a Flight”

My Essay Is Now Published!!

I won’t be posting a review today. Instead, I have some very exciting news. One of my essays is published!! I wrote this essay for a class in the spring of 2017. It’s about my journey to beginning to acknowledge my stutter and how that coincided with finding my passion for writing. For almost aContinue reading “My Essay Is Now Published!!”

Pros & Cons of the Internet

Internet culture has its pros and cons. With sites like Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, you can interact with like minded people without leaving the comfort of your couch or putting on clothes. You can stay up to date with friends and family with the click of a button. You can spend too much money whenContinue reading “Pros & Cons of the Internet”

Tweets from Sunday

August 12th, 2018 6:15 am I love when I’m in a place and my phone isn’t on the forefront of my mind. 6:50 am This is so important for someone like me who seemingly can’t detach from the lure of always needing to be updated on who posted what and when on Instagram. 7:01 amContinue reading “Tweets from Sunday”

You Can’t Box Millennials Together

Like previous generations, millennials contain all different kinds of people. Passionate people. Lazy people. Stupid people. Thinkers. Scientists. Writers. Makers. Creators. Yet people, specifically the media, consistently box us together. I saw a headline a couple of weeks ago about a teacher who said she couldn’t teach millennials because they aren’t willing to learn. ThisContinue reading “You Can’t Box Millennials Together”