Harsh Realities

August 23, 2023

Second Stories

I’ve passed this store dozens of times, never having the time to stop and take a peek. This day was different. This day I had time.  I turned into the parking lot and found a spot in front of the old and worn down building. The huge bold letters on the side tell passersby that it’s an antique store. A multilevel building full of vintage…

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Losing Her: A Story of ALS

It’s come down to this- wipe off board communication. And even that is hit-or-miss depending on how the day goes. The letters ALS are so simple and uncomplicated, the exact opposite of the havoc it’s wrecking on my mothers body.  It’s killing her.  Her body is working against her in a war she stands no chance against. Each day she loses pieces of her mobility,…

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August 16, 2023

Stop Grieving

I don’t think she knew the sting or impact of her words as she said, “Stop grieving and get out there and start a new life.” She must be untouched by grief’s impact or surely she wouldn’t have made a statement so lacking in compassion and grace. And if she has known the profound influence of grief, she appears to be one of the lucky…

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August 7, 2023

I Don’t Know How to Feel: Grief & a Billie Eilish Song

Billie Eilish is singing, though it’s more like a delicate and heartfelt whisper. Her words are touching places of my heart that I usually have so hidden, not much can reach them. I listen intently to each lyric: I don’t know how to feel, but I want to try.  I don’t know how to feel, but someday I might.  The words she’s singing, the ones…

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A 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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