Kelley J. Leigh

Loud World. Quiet Soul. Listen beyond the noise.

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 […]

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 […]

Concerning Roses | A Eulogy

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The following post is simply the eulogy I did at my mother-in-law‘s funeral. I received requests to share it.  So here it is, in entirety. The Backstory: My husband and sister-in-law asked me to read “Between Roses“, an article I wrote about their mom a few months ago.  In an effort to re-write the ending of that article, the day […]

The Flight of Tea Cups

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All That Remains I discovered the set of four oddly shaped blue mugs at a thrift shop and purchased them with a couple dollars and a bit of guilty pleasure. The bubbly hand-blown glass begged to be filled. So this morning I dropped in a tea bag and poured steaming water into my new old cup. In a blink, without warning, […]

Fat American Christians at the Top of the World

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  Night Light Pike National Forest, Colorado Every night outside my living room window, at the top of what the Ute Indians called the ‘Great Peak’ one lone light flickers.  Across miles of foothills, above tundra and timberline, a single white light shines visibly in the distance. It hangs just above the highest point of the peak like a far off […]