Crisp in the Air

It’s been fall for two days and I can already feel the crisp in the air. It makes the hair on my arms stand up. I breathe in deep breaths to take as much as this magic in as I can. This is my favorite time of year because it’s gone in a blink ofContinue reading “Crisp in the Air”

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”

AIS: Speak Freely Live Fearlessly

This week at the American Institute for Stuttering has been amazing. I went in with a few ideas of what I wanted to work on and I’m leaving having learned a lot about myself and my stutter with the tools to navigate this lifelong journey of stuttering. I learned little things I have known about myself butContinue reading “AIS: Speak Freely Live Fearlessly”