Today marks the 30th anniversary of the death of my mother, Carol Foss Peirce. She was just two weeks past 70. Although her own life was difficult and in many ways troubled, she was an inspiration to her children, three of whom (including yours truly) went on to earn doctorates in various fields. And she inspired me with a love for theatre early on, by taking me and my sisters to Broadway shows. Rest in peace, Mother. May the dialogue be crisp and witty, and may the actors always know their lines.