Kelley J. Leigh

Midlife Mom. Faith writer. Mountain dweller.

A Bowl Full of Rain


  A Change of Address. Before we loaded up our Colorado U-haul and headed to the Pacific Northwest, many friends gave the same well-meaning but gloomy advice: “Say goodbye to the sun.” “I hope you like rain.” “You’ll love it, except for the weather.” I relocated from the Rocky Mountains to Puget Sound. We moved from The City Above the […]

Book Release: The Heart of Marriage

I am happy to be included as a contributor in this gift-worthy book about marriage. The Heart of Marriage is a compilation that celebrates the adventure of life together. Edited by writer/photographer Dawn Camp, this collection includes inspiring essays written by imperfect people in imperfect marriages. Contributors include a couple favorite writers of mine. I follow author Shawn Smucker and enjoy his books, his blog and […]

Unmuted: The Necessary Chaos of Hearing Aids

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Returning to the topic of hearing and listening here with a quick overview of the exhausting chaos that comes with learning to hear.  Amplified. The initial gift of restored hearing is both joy and misery wrapped with the same bow. I have a moderate hearing impairment which impedes my ability to have normal conversations or hear high frequency sounds. I […]

Better Angels

“We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” ~ Abraham Lincoln Last week I walked the mall of memorials in Washington D.C. among pink magnolias, white pear, and […]


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Beauty from Adversity A rolling section of the front range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains lives outside my front windows. The valleys, cliffs and bowl features of this mountain are like the faces of familiar neighbors. Every night, a single little light atop the 14,000 ft. summit of Pikes Peak twinkles like a faithful nightlight for my quirky little mountain town. And […]

The Second Journey: A Call at Midlife

“I have been seized by the power of a great affection.” Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-up, and Burnt Out   Beyond a Midlife Meltdown There is one tattered book on my crowded bookshelf which I read and re-read as needed. It holds a key insight into the inevitable transitions of midlife. Chapter nine of The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning is […]

Disappearing Rooms

    Come with me on a visit to my suburban Chicago childhood home and discover the unsettling disappearance of my bedroom. “We walk through room upon room of fresh paint and updated designs … ‘They knocked out this wall,’ she points and explains. ‘We wanted to make the whole space bigger.’ That wall once divided the kitchen from my bedroom. Every morning […]



“Will power and discipline alone can never fix your soul. Striving, pushing, and trying harder will not recover your life.”  – Adele Calhoun My proposed path winds through a gate and disappears into the rolling grass fields of a local 35 acre mountain retreat. In the gushing fall breeze, I wrestle with flapping paper and find my place on the first page of the printed […]

Inside the Clay Journal

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How I finally started to shake my need for approval from men…   Between the Covers. I situated a pair of cheap drugstore glasses on my nose and thumbed through to find a blank starter page. I hate the red journal. It is my interim notebook — “the substitute” when other journals fill up. I only keep it for the seemingly endless supply of quad-ruled pages. […]

Speaking the Wild

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  Part One: Disruptions Some days of wonder rise without warning. On a Sunday like any other, the winter sun rose as it always does to warm the cold blue mountain. I sank into the old Craigslist couch with a pile of morning props — glasses, coffee, my newly recovered Bible, and my least favorite old red journal. But on this day, in my quiet […]