Lots of you know my daughter Sophie is a writer and also a crackerjack critical reader for my work in progress (I am so lucky). But did you also know which historic ocean liner was even bigger and faster than the Titanic? The SS United States (now docked in Philly), which was saved from being scrapped thanks to the nonprofit SS United States Conservancy. And you know who just accepted a gig as staff writer/communications associate with the Conservancy? Why, Sophie, of course! We never predicted that childhood immersion in transportation lore and disaster, from the (rather dusty) regional Titanic historical society meetings back when she was an intrepid elementary-schooler, to the years poring over the Amelia Earhart mystery, to the endless loops of that old cassette, Stories of Lake Superior Shipwrecks, Volume 1, narrated by professor emeritus Fred Wolff, would circle back this way, but here we are. Ship ahoy, Sophie! Good writing gigs are hard to come by, and we're so happy for you!