Family. Nearly all of us know how much complexity is packed into that very simple word. For some, family is the center of our universe, the source of succor and sustenance. As George Bernard Shaw said, "A happy family is but an earlier heaven." But for others, family is fraught with angst and sometimes worse. And perhaps more typically, for many family is a very complicated stew of joy and sorrow, as we hear from Kelly Kitel.
Kelly Kittel describes herself as a fish biologist by trade but a writer at heart. She lives on Aquidneck Island with her husband and three of their five living children, but, she says, her favorite writing space is in their family yurts on the coast of Oregon. Kittel recently published her first book, Breathe.