A Mother’s Day tribute to Mom:
My mom is an Elvis-loving Okie with mostly Irish roots, a public relations editor turned elementary school teacher. She is putting the finishing touches on a biography of Nellie Cashman, a hero of a woman and a woman after my mom’s own heart. Nellie came to America as a child on a hell ship during the Irish potato famine and struck it rich as a mining woman, dying penniless because all the money she made went to helping people. My mom had her own struggles growing up and shares Nellie’s independent, no-nonsense spirit, appreciation of new places to explore, and eye for where help is genuinely needed. She takes after my Grandpa John whenever she helps us kids, saying to help our kids the same way, like Grandpa John said when he would help her.