Wordsworth, Plant Ecology & Five Men Named Ian

Since early February, I have read a poem each morning as part of an assignment (really, a practice) my creative writing teacher gave to our class at the start of the semester. His stated purpose in assigning this was for us to find lessons for our writing in the work of fellow authors. I've certainly … Continue reading Wordsworth, Plant Ecology & Five Men Named Ian


Aunt May and the Blitz

Over the past few months, I've transcribed all the letters my family has that were written from my great-great-great aunt May (b. 1882) to her brother John (my great-great grandfather, who came to Chicago from Ireland in the 1890s). I had initially looked into her story four years ago when I was living in London … Continue reading Aunt May and the Blitz