melissa f. kaelin

Art & Writing

"We will be known forever by the tracks we leave." — Dakota Proverb
“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.”
— Dakota Proverb

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…”
— Jack Kerouac

The Road to Whiteface Mountain

The Northern Lights dance above white-capped mountains in Iceland. Although my story takes place in the U.S., I spent the day writing about a beautiful mountain range. Continue reading “The Road to Whiteface Mountain”

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Aurora Chasing

It’s 2 a.m. My eyes are bleary, my arms and legs tender from a lack of sleep. My dog can hardly keep her head upright, whether she is indoors or out, and my man looks once more longingly at the sky, as I do. Continue reading “Aurora Chasing”

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

— Mark Twain

Sur Angels

In memory of my late twin brothers, who died at the young age of 13, I wrote this poem. Continue reading “Sur Angels”

Writing, my first love, has returned to me. With a manuscript I finished in the last hours of 2015, I’m excited to seek publication for my first novel!

A boy in a hooded jacket

My sister and I visited Hocking Hills State Park in April 2012, and spent a moment with this rock. This was Lawrence’s and Thomas’s favorite place in Hocking Hills State Park, where we took them hiking at all ages. Continue reading “A boy in a hooded jacket”

Sweet Raspberry Sunset

Sweet Raspberry SunsetPainting by Melissa F. Kaelin
Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 12

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