Gretchen L. Kelly, Author

The Voice That Made All The Difference. Thank You, Mom.

  None of us get through life unscathed. We all have things that caused pain or fear or rejection or shame. Sometimes I look back and I marvel at where I am. I feel incredibly lucky that the hurtful and the shameful and the painful didn’t define me. They are there, but they didn’t win. […]

The First Heartbreak Will Be the Last

“I see him sometimes and the look in his eyes Is one of a man who’s lost treasures untold, But my heart is gold, I took back my soul” -Lauryn Hill, I Used To Love Him I remember my first heartbreak like it was yesterday. I fell in love for the first time at the […]

Foolin’ Around

 “Pick up my guitar and play, Just like yesterday, Then I’ll get on my knees and pray We don’t get fooled again.” -The Who, Won’t Get Fooled Again April Fool’s Day is a holiday I can get behind. There’s no pressure to get the perfect romantic card and chocolates or flowers (ahem, Valentine’s Day). There’s […]

Where Were You When the World Was Getting Smarter?

This week’s Remember the Time blog hop is “I remember where I was when….” “Hard wired to concieve, so much we’d have to stow it.  Even needs have needs, tiny giants made of tinier giants, Don’t wear eyelids so I don’t miss the last laugh of this show (the dashboard melted but we still have […]

Oh, brother.

“Remember the times that we used to share…  You got to remember the times that we used to share….  But the only way for you to survive is to open your heart, it will guide.” -Lenny Kravitz, Sittin’ On Top of the World I didn’t want a younger sibling.  I wasn’t completely opposed to the […]

Beauty and the Geek

“And you can tell everybody this is your song, it may be quite simple but now that it’s done, I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind, that I put down in words…  How wonderful life is when you’re in the world” -Elton John, Your Song I occasionally get to participate in a […]

I Got Your Back

“Yesterday, lost in a crowd, yesterday lost in a crowd, I was lost…. now I’m found.  Yesterday I was lost, and you kicked me some food. Boy it was nice, to be here with you.” -Rusted Root, Lost In A Crowd My childhood was one long awkward period. Most people have a few awkward years, […]

(Not Quite) 50 Shades of Gray

“I told you I was trouble, You know I’m no good” -Amy Winehouse, You Know I’m No Good So, the task at hand is to write about a time I got in trouble.  My first thought was that I wouldn’t have anything to write about.  I am a total rule follower.  This one’s going to […]

Hitting the Rewind Button

“Hello Operator, can you give me number nine? Can I see you later? Will you give me back my dime?  Turn the oscillator, twist it with a dollar bill, Mailman bring the paper, leave it on my window sill.” -The White Stripes, Hello Operator My husband likes Barry Manilow.  I know.  I married him anyways. […]

Lessons From the Worst Day of My Life

“And I know it aches and your heart it breaks and you can only take so much….  Walk on.” -U2, Walk On It was my wedding day. We had spent the past year and a half planning every little detail, the string quartet, the candles, the sunset. Yes, even the sunset. One year before our […]