Thank you, writers who kept me sane: Tacitus, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Louis L’Amour, The Brontes, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, D.H. Lawrence, Guy de Maupassant, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, O. Henry, William Shakespeare, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, John Keats, Rudyard Kipling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Homer, Edmond Rostand, Jean Anouilh, John Millington Synge, Maeve Binchy, Ayn Rand, Anne Rule and Helen Gurley Brown.

Thank you, heroes: Harriet Tubman, Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton and Roald Amundsen.

Thank you, Arthur Giron, for your words of encouragement when I needed them.

You ol’ Guadalupe Mountain Man… I’m glad to know you. You, too, Ms. Polly.

Thanks to my grandmother, Elsie Jayne Stoothoff Driscoll, and my grandfather, Philip Greenberg. I miss you both.

And thank you, Phil (and Peggy) and Nina (and Mark).