Holding Pattern

Mom and Bob would have been married 38 years today. They married when I was 14. When I think about how much

The Space Between

When my mother died, I sat at her bedside and held her hand Until I could feel it turning cold. I’m certain

Quicksand and Greeting Cards

As a kid, I was afraid of drowning in quicksand. I mean, I saw it on Gilligan’s Island, The Incredible Hulk, and

The Most Tender Bruise

Last week, I banged the back of my hand against an aggressive meter jutting out of a brick wall. My fingers tingled,

Katrina Willis with Parting Gifts Cake
Katrina Anne Willis is the author of Parting Gifts (She Writes Press, April 2016) and a faculty member of the Story Summit Writer’s School. Her personal essays have been featured in numerous anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends, and Nothing but the Truth So Help Me God. She was recognized as one of six distinguished authors at the 2016 Indianapolis Book & Author luncheon, was named a BlogHer 2015: Experts Among Us “Voice of the Year,” was awarded the 2014 Parenting Media Association’s Gold Medal Blogger Award, participated in the 2013 “Listen to Your Mother” show, and was a 2011 Midwest Writers Fellow.

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