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Joined: June 2016
I grew up in Michigan, moved to California where I married and had two children, then landed in Tennessee where I live today. Even though I've been here for 20 years, it's still a big adjustment for me. I'm kind of loud, boisterous, and speak my mind, which sometimes involves a lot of swearing. I'm spontaneous, half-insane, the class clown and life of the party, and I don't take crap from anyone. This doesn't fit in very well in the Bible Belt. I imported my high school boyfriend here and married him, so we could both suffer together in bliss.

I love genealogy, candle-making, writing, woodworking, logic problems, music, step aerobics, and making jewelry, but I also take care of my mom and her finances, do lawn work, all the other household chores, and then there's the various things I do to make money. Being a liberal/independent I was very involved with politics, but gave that up because it seems like a lost cause. They're all a bunch of criminals and nobody fights anymore, especially here. I want to get involved with the fight to make marijuana legal everywhere, even though I very rarely smoke. I feel as strongly about this as I do the first amendment. Harry Anslinger is the newest addition to my list of most hated people in the world, right underneath Hitler and my old boss.

I was estranged from my daughter for about 7 years and she recently moved to Tennessee from California when she developed epilepsy. She is a 34 year old carbon copy of me and together we are hysterically funny. I got a Go Pro to tape us because I'm sure we will have our own hit show someday.

Because of all the things on my plate, I have rarely written in the past twenty years. But that changed when I joined Fanstory. I am now inspired by all the supportive and talented writers there, and have made a resolution to write for at least an hour a day. Maybe two. If I could only detox myself from MahJong.
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Kelly2: To anyone insulted or offended by the way I speak of my mother in my chapters of "Chronicles of a Maid and Mary":

I discovered as a teenager that many people have wonderful, nurturing mothers--that one person in your life who is always on your side and who loves you unconditionally, as only a mother can. I did not.

I do what I do for my mother out of a sense of obligation. I feel sorry for her, exactly what I was brainwashed to feel as a child. Always the victim, she used me for sympathy, for somebody to listen to her. I sat at her feet while she told me her twisted version of situations and how people were always doing horrible things to her. I would cry and vehemently defend her. Now as an adult, I know that she had created everything herself and continues to do so. The "horrible things" are what she did to others, including myself, not what was done to her. I feel sorry for her because she has burned every bridge and every relationship she ever had besides me and my youngest sister. I am the only person she has in the world, at this time in her twilight years, and I just can't turn my back on her--even at the cost of my own mental health.
October 7, 2016 at 12:06AM
    I am Cat: ((((((Kelly))))),
    I understand. If you've ever read anything I've written about my father... you'd know why. ;)
    I 'get' it.
    Though I have an amazing mother, my father certainly wasn't and I'm not sorry at all that he's dead.
    (((((((sending hugs))))))
    Keep writing to get it out!
    October 7, 2016 at 12:31AM
    mrsmajor: If you felt comfortable writing as you feel, why would it matter what people thought...We should be truthful about our lives, what good would it have been to lie...I think there is goodness in your heart, as you feel some empathy for here now, I wish you well, and send great big hugs!
    October 7, 2016 at 12:46AM
    nor84: My mother died when I was 9, so I don't remember her. I'd say she was competent, not affectionate. She didn't answer childish questions very well.

    My father, to whom I was born when he was 50, did a much better job.

    But we are who we are - No need to worship our parents or forgive their faults.
    October 7, 2016 at 1:09AM
    Linda Engel: I had mother issues , too. I took care of her last few years after she suffered a stroke. I got the closure I needed when she died and the bad memories are in my journals.
    I try my best to be a good mother to my child and my grand children. I do understand and writing is the best way to deal with it.
    October 7, 2016 at 10:27AM
    Mary Wakeford: There are those that are not cut out for parenthood. From what I've read, yours was one of 'those.' I love your honesty and had you not had the experiences that 'built' you given your childhood, all of us who know and read you, either here on FS or elsewhere, would not be blessed with your witty humor and down to earth style, and the hilarious 'look back' on a life well lived. You are a survivor, KellBell, and we love you just the way you write. Those that don't, can just "Git along, little Dogies, Whoopie Ti Yi Yo!"
    October 7, 2016 at 6:09PM
    ScarBundy: The truth hurts sometimes. You write what you feel and from true experiences. Nearly everyone knows (or should know) that true experiences aren't always pleasant. Sometimes there is no white horse, no magic beans, and no happily ever after. It doesn't mean it's not worth telling the story anyway. You keep writing! Dr. Seuss once said something along the lines of "say what you feel and be who you are, because those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter."
    October 24, 2016 at 12:12PM

Kelly2: Message from my husband to all readers of "Pushed to Extremes":

At this moment I am alive and well. My wife's sense of humor is one of the 3,476,997,038 things I love about her, but she does keep me on my toes. At night, just in case one of my toothpicks is found in the bed, I sleep with one eye open and a means of protection handy.
~John Sharpe

That wasn't very reassuring, dear.
~Kelly S.

I said I was alive, didn't I? Can I just get back to my football game?
~John Sharpe

God, I love football season. Just go.
~Kelly S.
October 2, 2016 at 5:34PM
    Adri7enne: Cute interchange, guys. LOL!
    October 2, 2016 at 11:19PM
    LaRosa: Kelly, got a feeling John's a grand piece of the best of you!
    October 21, 2016 at 12:37AM

FanStory wrote to Kelly2: But No Monkeys finished second in the contest "100 Word Story"
September 13, 2016 at 10:10PM
    Ric Myworld: Congratulations! I enjoyed your story. :-)
    September 14, 2016 at 11:31AM

Kelly2: I ask my husband to read my Romance story "Paper Dolls" and he did. At the end he asked, "Where's the rest?"
"What do you mean?" I respond. "That WAS the end."
I read the last sentence to him, slowly, with emphasis.
Finally he says, "Oh, I get it. It's one of those supernatural things that happened."

This is why I love Fanstory.
September 12, 2016 at 3:40AM
    Linda Engel: Hubbies. Got to love 'em.
    September 12, 2016 at 11:58AM
    Mary Wakeford: Lol, if it makes you feel better, author James Patterson is aware his readers are 73% don't read!
    September 13, 2016 at 6:15PM

FanStory wrote to Kelly2: Ruining Lives--One Aisle at a Time finished first in the contest "A Good Turn Gone Wrong"
September 1, 2016 at 5:10AM
    Irish Rain: congratulations!!!!!!
    September 7, 2016 at 1:19AM
    Mary Wakeford: Look at you with all these first place wins! Congrats Kelly!
    September 8, 2016 at 11:59AM
    Kelly2: Thanks so much!
    September 12, 2016 at 11:02PM

FanStory wrote to Kelly2: The Forgotten Kiss finished first in the contest "100 Word Dash"
August 30, 2016 at 11:10AM
    Dean Kuch:  photo winnersmiley_zpsc8tc3oaz1_zpsgpj08y0m.gif
    Congratulations, Kelly!
    ~Dean :)
    August 30, 2016 at 1:08PM

Kelly2: Sadness. I missed the humor contest by 6 minutes. Not only that, but I log on to discover my profile picture is sideways.
August 26, 2016 at 12:10AM
    michaelcahill: Yes, but there has been a world-wide increase in reports of stiff necks, so, it's not a total loss. :))
    August 26, 2016 at 1:34AM
    Dean Kuch: Well..., here's looking at you, kid.
    Sideways, of course.
    ~Dean  photo winking-thumbs-up-smiley-emoticon1_zps84ciltfp.gif
    August 26, 2016 at 4:42AM
    Joy Graham: My profile picture keeps disappearing.
    August 26, 2016 at 10:58AM

Kelly2: I have been a reader since I was 8 and a writer from birth. I would like to share my knowledge and also gain some by reading others' work and do the same by sharing mine. The written word is the most powerful force in my universe.
June 20, 2016 at 6:21PM
    Dean Kuch: Hello, Kelly...
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    June 20, 2016 at 7:11PM
    nancyjam: Welcome Kelly - hope you enjoy your time here. Nancy
    June 20, 2016 at 9:11PM
    mrsmajor: Welcome Kelly, looking forward to reading your work...Enjoy your time here...
    June 21, 2016 at 8:31AM

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