Like my first novel: Highway for Our God.
Sailing By Surprise Into Family History
Hear my commentaries on New England Public Radio, WFCR-88.5 FM.
May 19, 2015
The War That Came After the War: 150 Years Ago Today A Valley Writer’s Great-Great Grandfather Went AWOL at the end of the Civil War. This is How He Made His Way Home. Daily Hampshire Gazette Amherst Bulletin
June 6, 2014
June 5, 2014
Michael Carolan: Feeling D-Day by treating soldiers. Kansas City Star
February 19, 2014
Undeniably Human: Philip Seymour Hoffman leaves us breathless: Valley Advocate
February 16, 2014
An actor who cuts to audience’s core: Philip Seymour Hoffman, relentless in the pursuit of the character: Philadelphia Inquirer
February 6, 2014
All that Philip Seymour Hoffman left behind: his honesty, his truth, his demons. Newsworks-WHYY-Philadelphia
December 24, 2013
Loss, Remembrance, and Joy: Worcester Telegram & Gazette
December 17, 2013
With another death, the family still living is all the more precious at holidays: Newsworks-WHYY-Philadelphia
July 5, 2013
Great-great grandfather treated in York’s Civil War hospital: York Daily Record-Pennsylvania
July 2, 2013
My ancestor at Gettysburg: Philadelphia Inquirer
June 28, 2013
How My Ancestor Killed Me 150 Years Ago at Gettysburg: Daily Hampshire Gazette-Northampton, Massachusetts
February 19, 2013
Evan Connell, Mrs. Bridge, and Mrs. Collins: The Pitch-Kansas City
December 23, 2011
A soldier’s heartfelt holiday dispatch: Daily Hampshire Gazette
November 11, 2011
My essay, Powerlessness, read on New England Public Radio. You can listen here.
June 3, 2011
History’s Back Story: Douglass and O’Connell. Irishphiladelphia.com
April 15, 2011
My essay, Perpetual Hunger, was read on WTMR Radio, Philadelphia. You can listen here.
April 1, 2011
I just returned from San Francisco where I read my essay, “Perpetual Hunger,” which received a first place prize in the First Annual Crossroads Irish-American Festival Writing Contest. The festival is an eight-year-old annual cultural arts and literary event celebrating the Irish Diaspora throughout the Americas in creative performance, vibrant conversation and debate, music, film, readings, storytelling, and theater.
The March 15 ceremony was in St. Patrick’s, an old cathedral in downtown built by Irish immigrants. It was an honor to have been the first winner in what promises to be a fine prize in years to come.
Judges included authors and scholars Michael Patrick McDonald, author of the fine memoir All Souls: A Family Story From Southie and Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion; Patricia Monaghan, author of Red-Haired Girl From The Bog: The Landscape of Celtic Myth and Spirit; James Silas Rogers, editor of the New Hibernia Review: A Quarterly Record of Irish Studies; and Maureen Waters, author of Crossing Highbridge: A Memoir of Irish America.
Prize Director Hillary Flynn said that memoir has been a traditional strength in Irish-American expression. “From Maureen Howard to Frank McCourt, Michael Patrick MacDonald to Maureen Waters, skillful hands have mapped important aspects of Irish-American experience,” Flynn said. “Through this contest, we endeavor to spur and support the development of memoir from new and aspiring writers, wishing to add their voice to this growing repository of tradition.”
After San Francisco, my family and I drove up north to wine country to see cousins, which was a lot of fun. My niece is a fine artist. Check out her website.
After generations of engineers in the family, art and literature are back!