Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself

Hi! I’m Kali (pronounced Kaylee), welcome to my blog! If you are new here, something you can expect are:•posts about my kids and cat•posts about social justice (just a heads up - I am an unapologetic leftist, liberal snowflake)•posts about feminism•posts about antiracism•posts about reading•posts about writing•posts about marriage•posts about mental health•posts about chronic and … Continue reading Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself


My girl

Oh my girl. My girl who is growing up way too fast. My girl. My firstborn. My girl who made me a mama. My funny, smart, brave, emotional, sensitive, intuitive, creative girl. I wish you would slow down your growing, but I also I don’t because I am so curious to see what you grow … Continue reading My girl

Proud of my baby brother!!!!

This is my brother, Ty. He is the COO of @maketafi and @insta_daz3d, and tonight he was a featured on presenter at the @ethos.lab, helping to bring to his knowledge of avatars, video gaming, and entertainment to BIPOC kids and families in Vancouver, Canada. As you might imagine from his appearance, he is quite knowledgeable … Continue reading Proud of my baby brother!!!!

#TBT – #BellLetsTalk2021

Before KaliDesautelsSpeaks, before KaliDesautelsReads, there was Kalijd. There was a lot of life in the before. I tend to talk a lot about this season in my life as something I had to get passed to get here, and yes - I had anxiety and depression and an eating disorder and an unhealthy obsession with … Continue reading #TBT – #BellLetsTalk2021

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Posted @withregram • @holocaustmuseum Each year on January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—we gather as a community to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. More than 1.1 million people died at Auschwitz, including nearly one million Jews. Those who were not sent directly to gas chambers were subjected to forced labor. We remember and … Continue reading Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Thanks for loving me enough

As I listen to my kids bicker and fight over everything and nothing, I am scrolling through my phone looking at pictures where they at least pretend to get along. Watching these two, and hearing my own attitude coming out of her mouth towards her younger brother, I am reminded of all the times that … Continue reading Thanks for loving me enough

We’re not that cute

About 22 years ago this week, he asked me on our first date. For those doing the math, he was 14 and I was 16. We have been together ever since. “Awwww… that’s so cute! High school sweethearts!!” I hear that all of the time, then I tell people we met when he was in … Continue reading We’re not that cute

Proud Sister Moment

Today, something special happened! I had the extreme privilege of watching my sister in her element as she presented her academic thoughts on decolonizing medieval studies. Her panel was engaging and interesting and I could not be more proud of my baby sister, who is clever and intelligent and well spoken! As a non-academic this … Continue reading Proud Sister Moment

This is true insanity

Can we talk about this nonsense????? Seriously!!! Mental health does not negate physical pain!!! Prejudging his health based on his honest disclosure of his medically-controlled bipolar disorder is a further example of why Canadians living with mental health issues are reluctant to share. The stigma does not end with friends thinking you are “crazy”. The … Continue reading This is true insanity

Forest Bathing

Forest Bathingby Frank LaRue Owen Winner 2017 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize There is a way of entering the forestwhen the breeze of the treesbecomes your guide when the cool gray-green daysand humid blue-green nightsbecome your own skin where the unfurling pathsthrough the emerald lightbecome flowing streams. Paths as luminous riversfor your two uncovered feet,salmon-like and … Continue reading Forest Bathing