About


I am an academic who works as a community college English professor. I have a Ph.D. in American nature poetry and an interest in environmental writing, but I mostly teach first year composition. I like books.

I am a family history hobbyist with a focus on social history rather than lineage societies. My family tree features Coombs and Costigan families of Newfoundland as well as Hegarty and Murphy families who emigrated from Ireland to Massachusetts. My family tree — a work in progress — is public on Ancestry as “Hegarty-Costigan Family Tree.” I am slowly posting my conclusions to WikiTree. My Ahnentafel is here.  Feel free to contact me if you think we’re related.

I am also a science fiction fan with a lifelong Star Trek obsession. I’m a big fan of Freddie Mercury. I live in Brooklyn with my cat.

Blog Policies

If at any point this blog has sponsored or affiliate content, it will be labeled as such. There is a banner to notify you that WordPress.com uses cookies to serve this site; I am not hosting any other cookies or trackers. If I ever add advertising to this site, I will say so here.

I strive to respect copyright. If you find something in this blog that violates your copyright, please let me know and I will remove the violating material.

I strive to respect privacy. I do not post genealogical information about living people; my boundary is grandparents and previous generations. If you feel I have compromised your privacy, please let me know and I will remove the compromising material.

This is a personal blog. Opinions herein are my own. I welcome comments on most posts, but will remove comments I find offensive.

Contact me through my contact page.