Kelley J. Leigh

Midlife Mom. Faith writer. Mountain dweller.

Disappearing Rooms

    “Gone. The inner sanctum of my childhood entirely dematerialized.” Follow me over to You are Here Stories today. We’ll visit 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: The front entry minus the cuckoo clock, the living room minus the teal carpet and large […]



“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. Find out in this installment of Going Local: My Mountain Church Trek as I continue to speak the wild.     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 […]

Speaking the Wild

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A new installment in the Church Trek Series: I start where the cliff-hanger left off, and begin to tell you the rest of the unexpected story. *** A friend of mine plodded through our front door on a snowy night a few weeks back, and confronted me with a direct question on your behalf. He set down his photography equipment, unloaded for work on my husband’s website, then faced […]

A Holy Week Poem

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For You: An impromptu poem on a good Friday, from someone who does not claim to be a poet. Words simply call out to be written, sometimes. From my heart to yours this Easter, may you be blessed by the death-defying reality of resurrection, deep down in your heart and soul.  ~KjL   Holy Week The blue sky crowds with angry pregnant […]

Peek Inside My Writer’s Stretch Book

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Come in. Welcome to my writer’s studio. Take a peek inside my sketch book. Recently, I added a really beneficial pre-writing stretch to my process that I want to share with you. First, you need to know I am not an official visual artist. I have a beautiful handful of professional artist friends who work as mural artists, painters, children’s book illustrators, a sculptor, […]

The Beauty of Grace

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Happy news about the release of The Beauty of Grace — a book which includes one of my short stories.  New Release. For a writer, few days skyrocket off the calendar like the day the book shows up in the mail. The cardboard package from Amazon was waiting for me at the bottom of my mailbox, and I don’t even remember one step of […]


Boulder Reading

A newsy post in which I unexpectedly receive an Editor’s Choice Award … I was honored to receive an invitation by The Boulder Writers’ Workshop to read one of my essays at the annual Recognition and Showcase dinner. So, this week my husband, Steve, and I traveled the familiar 2+ hour drive up the winding roads from our house to Boulder to enjoy an evening with other Colorado […]

A Story Unfolding

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A Bit of a Teaser. I am in the process of writing about  a  very pivotal day on the Church Trek.  I can’t describe it for you yet, except to say I am profoundly changed.  And perhaps the story will read like the shock and marvel of a blind person regaining sight. Or maybe, like the account of a long lost traveler who realizes she’s been holding […]

Why I am Not Done with Church Yet

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As a new year begins, it’s time for an update on my mountain town church trek and some thoughts about what’s ahead. Update on the Trek Since the last post in this series, I have visited three churches. A Catholic church, a Contemporary Christian church and a non-denominational Grace-based church. I plan to write more specific posts about each one. But […]