Recently I met a writer who said she gave up on the book she was working on because another writer published one with a similar premise.  I don’t know what her story was about in particular, but she was adamant that there would be no reason for her to bother finishing hers. It got me thinking.  How many books have been published about vampire love stories or teens fighting dystopian governments? A lot.  And I could continue on… Read more »

  If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.  ~George Bernard Shaw   Several years ago my dad gave me his old Torts book from law school. He told me there was a case in it involving my great-grandmother Mary Fitzpatrick Rush, and that I might want to hang onto it because it was a bit of our family history.  The story was a curious one, but still I put the book… Read more »

This week my daughter and I hit the road for another college visit, but this time around we went to my (and my husband’s) alma mater. So surreal. We walked the campus and I pointed out the sights, each turn awakening old memories as if Zeus had bellowed, Release the Kracken! Because I relayed my ancient stories as we roamed the student center and shopped in the bookstore.  I showed her the places her dad lived, where I lived and… Read more »