A self-proclaimed “Auntie Mame” to her nieces and nephews, Tess had a crash course in step-parenting. After a chance meeting in Missouri while helping her father, she went from her single life in a Brooklyn studio to Midwestern suburbia with her partner, his three sons, and their two dogs. After decades in New York where she Irish danced on Broadway (“Riverdance”) and was a financial regulation lawyer, she’s now a freelance writer. She’s working on a memoir, and her essays have been published in The Washington Post, HuffPost, The Independent, and more. Her newest love is hiking in national parks with her husband.