Poems for Motherhood

New Birth I lost more  of my mind than I did my hair when you first came out, water-logged and anxious, a bit like your mother. I cared little for social graces and faces appearing to peck at the chores and leave leftovers at my door. I needed sleep like a memory foam bra lifting…

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Announcing “Buried in the Margins”

“Women are tired, tired of defense, tired of permission, tired of dismissal. Show me a woman who has not known abuse, who has not been betrayed, who has not been manipulated, who has not been coerced into unspeakable things: taking the fall, writing the letters, harboring secrets to stay in the game. Such oppression and…

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Kelsi’s September Book Picks

Non-fiction “The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong” by: Karen Gonzalez A profound read, seamlessly weaving theological perspective with personal narrative all surrounding issues of immigration, compassion, and what we do with “foreigners.” This book is accessible, moving, intelligent, and inspiring. My husband and I read this book aloud during…

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The Mothering Creed

The reach of a small hand is mightier than a king’s. Resistance is exhausting–I will go with the flow, embracing with gusto whatever is in front of me. Invitations for fun are often disguised as interruptions. I will be as kind in the kitchen as I am on the page. These days are like dandelions,…

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In case you didn’t know, you are the best mama in the whole world

I head to the coffee bean hopper and turn on the grinder, filling my steel pot with water and fetch a brown, square filter for my Chemex. As I slowly pour the steaming water over the fresh grounds, I review my steps for the day, sorting through the tasks and plans, praying for clarity and…

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New Poems Published at “Voice of Eve”

I am thrilled and humbled to announce that three of my poems, “Breath,” “Daughter of Eve,” and “Berries and Ponies,” are published with the beautiful literary arts magazine, Voice of Eve. You can access Issue 12, in which my work is featured, for FREE at this link. “Breath” is actually one of the first poems I ever…

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The Art of Accessorizing

Imagine being invited into the finishing touches of a Frank Lloyd Wright house. Or being asked by Leonardo DaVinci, which hue of rouge should be applied to the cheeks of the Mona Lisa painting. Or having Dame Anna Wintour call you up to consult your opinion on what edits to make in the upcoming edition…

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How to Dress Well Without Really Trying

Most mornings, I am up before the sun is. As coffee is brewing and lists are being made, I remember I have a playdate scheduled at a local coffeeshop that is kid-friendly. The mom I am hanging out with is a good friend of mine, even so, my mood seems to match what I am…

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The Light of Empathy

Today I am over at Red Tent Living magazine writing about empathy, poetry workshops, and vulnerability. This event took place last summer, after making a mammoth move back to the U.S. from the Dutch Caribbean where I was living with my husband and three littles while he attended medical school. Life was complicated, and I…

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How I Kicked My Autoimmune Disease

If you had told me five years ago, that there would come a day where I wouldn’t wake up in pain, I would have shrugged my shoulders and said, “That’s a nice thought, but I doubt that will ever happen.”  My body began the path towards degeneration in elementary school, with IBS and severe back…

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