Kelley J. Leigh

Loud World. Quiet Soul. Listen beyond the noise.

A Bowl Full of Rain

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  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 […]

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 profound 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 […]

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 […]

Rooted

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“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 […]

Hometown Street Signs

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Come with me, back to my midwest church girl roots with a visit to South Park Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. Time Travel Loud music bounced wildly off the dark wood panels of a north side Chicago Irish pub.  Thirty years after high school graduation, we milled around tall bar tables, leaned in close and shouted catch-up questions to each other above […]

Rear View Mirrors

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    Too Brief to Measure The cry will be a relief. Even so, I dread it like a natural catastrophe. I sit in the back seat of our family truckster, knees propped against the drivers seat. I sit there because my legs are the shortest in the family. We are on our way to drop off my third son […]

Craigslist Couch Fail

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      “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” Brene’ Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection   Craigsrisk I should have known. The picture on Craigslist was a little too […]

A Good Year for Daisies

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What tangled garden weeds taught me about relationships …    In the Garden My hard-packed green grave of a garden stares me down like a dare. I’ve been too busy. After successive weeks of last-minute preparations, guests and graduation celebrations, it is time. The high-altitude flower bed in my front yard has become a collection of brambling growth and hard dirt. While […]