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…


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…


Handed Down Love

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


The Grandma Angels

(This post originally appeared in the March 2015 issue of Sasee Magazine. All rights to republish belong to Katie O’Connell….



My stomach twists at the pink paper sitting amongst the table’s clutter. “Freshman Course Selection” boldly fills the top margin….