Kelley J. Leigh

Felt Stories

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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Regarding the release of The Beauty of Grace, by Dawn Camp — 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 […]


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 […]

The Flight of Tea Cups

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Reposted: This time last year, an unexpected metaphor emerged from my smashed tea cup. In honor of the holidays, I am re-gifting this post, just in case you are in a situation where you need to be reminded that beauty can emerge from unplanned demolition. Don’t give up hope, friend. All That Remains I discovered the set of four oddly shaped blue mugs […]

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The Pattern of Rescue

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If you’ve been around here for a while you know I support The Exodus Road, a non-profit coalition which provides intervention for women and children trapped in sex trade. I no longer work at a desk in the stateside office, but I am honored to count Matt and Laura Parker as treasured friends. And I still work on freelance projects for The […]

Shifts of Faith

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This week I continue on my Mountain Church Trek with a processing party at a Biker Church, and thoughts on Kathy Escobar‘s book “Faith Shift: Finding your way forward when everything you believe is coming apart.”  “Hope for spiritual refugees, church burnouts and freedom seekers.”   A Processing Party Outside, a bitter November wind bit our fingers and faces. Inside, small pods […]

Running Wildly After Beauty

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“Who can bear to look at the junk of our own minds that comes out in writing practice?”   Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down to the Bones The Sorting … See that knee-high mound of loosely organized journals and binders? A couple months ago I decided to face the albatross that is all of my past writing. I hunted and gathered all available spiral […]