Teaching

Surprise Lessons

Assorted odors infiltrate my seventh period classroom. Thirty-two students—smelling of drugstore perfume, Dorito dust, and adolescent sweat—spill into every available…

Life Lessons

Growing Gratitude

The breeze ruffles my hair as I pedal steadily down the path. The smell of  frying bacon wafts from a nearby…

Life Lessons

Tomorrow’s Tomorrow

  Family and friends assemble under the white canopy, murmuring greetings as they find seats. The sun peeks through bubbly…

Life Lessons, Parenting

Dad’s Advice

When my husband and I married, there was an understanding: No Children. “Childless by choice,” I’d tell people, preferring that…

News

An Announcement…

Dear Heartwired Writing friends, I am pleased to announce my essay, “Gifts from Dark Places,” will be featured in the upcoming…

Blessings, Parenting

Love Baked Daily

The following essay, Love Baked Daily, was a semifinalist for the Chicago “Listen to your Mother” Show. I wrote it as an homage to…

Parenting

Handed Down Love

I wake to footsteps on creaky floorboards. Little girl feet race through the house, chasing the darkness between their nightlight…