No Wasted Words

After enjoying a speaking ministry for years, I was speechless. While fighting a cold, I spoke in a medium-sized venue without a microphone. The following morning my voice was raspy and cracking. The next day I was inaudible. I went to a drugstore clinic and received a decongestant. While the medicine dehydrated my sinuses, it parched my larynx, worsening my condition. I cleared my schedule and didn’t answer the phone. Being somewhat of a hypochondriac, I spent hours researching laryngitis {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Song of Freedom

The exact moment of one’s perceived independence is subjective, isn’t it? The date or event fluctuates with age. As a young teenager I sang, “Born Free” with the sorrow of a caged animal. My spoiled, middle-class American teenage girl angst shrouded the recognition of the myriad freedoms I took for granted. “When I’m 18, I’ll finally be free of these adults and their strict rules,” I moaned with self-imposed grief. When I was 18 and moved out of my parents’ {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Dad’s One-Way Bank

As a little girl, my childhood savings bank was a pink ceramic dog. The removable stopper on the bottom enabled me to take the money out, which I often did—far too often. Recently, while visiting my parents, I noticed a small wooden box with a hole in the top. “What’s that, Dad?” He smiled that sweet, sly smile that I love. The grin that says, “I’ve invented something cool.” He’s been inventing things all his life. Clever things, useful things, {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

He’s Writing My Bucket List

*Affiliate links included. We used to say, “These are the things I’d like to do before I die.” However, after the movie The Bucket List was released in 2007, our jargon changed. That film prompted many to create their own list for the first time. Although the name may have changed, the idea has not. Time flies when we’re paying bills and life continues on whether or not we take time to follow our dreams. Our dreams are what we want {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

10 Fresh Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts

I was coming to the end of my creative rope, facing yet another Mother’s Day without any hints for a gift for the woman who nurtured and loved me into adulthood. My Mom has everything and surely nothing I could purchase at a department store would seem unique or heartfelt. After much prayer and girlfriend brainstorming, these ideas emerged. Plant an herb garden in a clay pot. Grocery and department stores sell potted herbs. You could purchase an inexpensive clay {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

10 Steps to Hurdle the Daycare Barrier

We’ve all been there. You drop your child off at the home of your childcare provider or daycare center and she cries, “Mommy, stay with me! Don’t go!” It rips your heart out. If only I could, you think to yourself. If only there was a way. You turn back and look over the fence. Another woman is comforting your child, wiping her tears. There has to be a way. As far-fetched as it may seem, have you considered jumping {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Alzheimer’s – Spirits that Do Not Falter

Caring for the elderly was a perfect fit for me. My grandmother had sown into my life seeds of compassion, kindness, and respect. Those seeds grew into a garden of love and support for the “grandparents” put into my life. As a home companion, I visited several women with Alzheimer’s. Each was in a different stage of the disease. Mary Beth was in her 60s and had recently been diagnosed when I was assigned to her case. She had been {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Loving & Appreciating Pastoral Families

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. This is the time of year when we go out of our way to do what we should have been doing all year long – letting our pastoral staff know we appreciate all they do. We humans get easily frustrated or irritated with each other. Have you ever caught yourself criticizing your pastor or his staff as you drive home after a Sunday morning service? Remember, those little ears in the back seat definitely ARE listening {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

One Mom to Another – It’s All Worth It

I love to do laundry. I enjoy sorting the lights from the darks. I like saving specific items from the dryer so they don’t shrink—when I remember. I’ve ruined many things! I like hanging shirts up right out of the dryer so wrinkling is minimal. I even like folding clothes and putting them away. I love laundry day, which is traditionally Monday. Last week, while hanging up freshly-laundered clothes, I grabbed a plastic hanger that is wrapped with fabric and {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.

Your Unique Spiritual Gift for God’s Purposes

*Affiliate links included. God has given each of us a special gift. He had you in mind when He lovingly bestowed your gift to you while He was forming you in your mother’s womb. Through the years, your gift has been either nurtured or stifled. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13 Have you prayerfully considered what He gave you? Perhaps you have the gift of hospitality or maybe the gift {Read More}

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit www.kellystigliano.com.