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Heather O’Shea

Staying awake, paying attention, writing it down.


“Bless me anyway. I want more life.” –Tony Kushner


Live Love Leave

is my blog, where I post essays most weeks about the things that make us human. I find stories in ordinary moments and try to tell the truth that glimmers.

We all live, love, and, eventually, we leave. I’m trying to figure out how to do all three of those things with grace and a little humor. If you’d like to do that together, I invite you to explore the archives and leave a comment or send me a note.

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What people say about Heather O’Shea and Live Love Leave

“Laugh out loud funny, and poignant at the same time.”

“I love this.  Personal.  Clean.  Focused.”

“This piece… captures that sense we get at times that nothing is solid yet everything is real.”

“Love it. You are honest and funny.”

“You have helped me release a flood of tears.”


Beyond Blogging

I also write fiction and poetry, and I wait impatiently to hear from people who might want to publish my work. While waiting, I have time to think about the things I love in the world.  Food is among those things, so I’m also available for (more predictably) paying work. Stop by my About page if you’d like more details.


What Moves Me

I’m torn up by the contrast between glory and pain, by the way love rips us open and loss tempts us to armor up and hide. I can’t stop wondering how creatures who are temporary can imagine eternity, or how the same bodies that make music can shoot at children in schools.

Most of all, I wonder at our bravery and cheer our enduring capacity for joy. Even though we know that everyone leaves, we can’t stop ourselves from living and loving.