Harsh Realities

January 15, 2021

You Don’t Owe the World a Smile

You don’t owe the world your smile. You don’t have to Nat King Cole your way through grief and heartbreak. You don’t have to fill your face with upward lines and a faked curve to make the world more comfortable or radiant.  You know the song: “Smile, though your heart is aching. Smile, even though it’s breaking….. Smile, what’s the use of crying. You’ll find…

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January 11, 2021

Pull It Together

Pull it together, there is no time for crying. Others will notice. It will cause discomfort and confusion.  Pull it together, there is no time for crying. There are children to tend to and tasks to be completed.  Pull it together, there is no time for crying. There are groceries to be collected and carts to be filled. Pull it together, there is no time…

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January 8, 2021

Lessons from a Coffee Shop

I sit in this tiny and quaint coffee shop. It’s one of my favorites to visit when I come through this historic Indiana town. As I sip my maple latte, a beverage better than most deserts I’ve tasted, I’m drawn to the people around me. Usually I’m here only a few minutes, waiting on my drink, or simply passing the time in between appointments, with…

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Not As Simple As Slipping Away

It wasn’t as simple as losing her. It wasn’t as delicate as passing away. It wasn’t as easy as any of those expressions. It was harsh and raw and messy. It wasn’t as peaceful as the movies or as gentle as you’d hope. It was unfair and incomprehensible.  She died. She took her last breaths. She slipped into eternity, leaving us here broken and confused.…

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Beauty from the Dust

Light blue powder so faint it looked white, carefully placed in delicate lines waiting to be inhaled. A rolled up dollar bill in the hand of the man I thought I loved. Shocked eyes, wide open, surprised that the door had opened and suddenly exposed a hidden hobby and addiction. A loud slam as the door closed so quickly I could feel the draft of…

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Chelsea Ohlemiller

Chelsea Ohlemiller

A thirty-something wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea is a sappy romantic, coffee junkie, book collector, and person who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s sarcastic, full of jokes, full of tears, and enjoys writing most when life gets messy or complicated. In 2017, Chelsea's mother passed away. Through her grief journey, she decided to take her mother’s advice and share her writing with the world. One day she gained the courage to honor her mother's wishes and write. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she's ever made.

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