Welcome! I am a writer, editor and teacher and live in beautiful Western Massachusetts. My work is usually a blend memoir, criticism and journalism that examine the ideas and beliefs that shape us as humans often including American history and family.

See my recent essay published in Boston, a second part of the earlier essay Perpetual Hunger:

Éireann’s Exiles

Also up on IrishCentral, a very popular site with 3.5 million monthly hits.

Read my UMass Alumni Magazine articles.

An Irish Passenger, An American Family, And Their Time My old website, found in the Wayback Machine!


Fall 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of the publication of “Breaking Point: The Search for a Postwar Grandfather,” a longform essay that made “Notable Essays of 2008” in the Best American Essays series published annually by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Here is the link to the hardcopy and here is the audio.