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April 2017

Nick Loves the Seahawks!

Nick is a big fan of the Seattle Seahawks.  He loves watching them play football.  He sometimes disagrees with the refs and will yell at the TV if he thinks that the pass was really incomplete.  Some times you might think that he is not paying attention, but he is following the game very closely.

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Don’t underestimate what is possible.

A couple of years ago we decided to add on a few days in Paris to our usual trip to Ireland.  Both Arden and I had wanted to visit the City of Lights, so we asked Nick if he wanted to go to Paris.  He said “Yes, we see the sights.”  So of course we were

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Lasting Love.

Nick has an amazing memory regarding people that he loves.  For example, Shaunda Johnson-Taylor is a special friend of Nick’s.  In high school, she and our daughter Karen were friends and Shaunda became another one of our kids.  She always knew that she could come to our house and be loved.  That was many years ago and

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Regular visits to the Doctors.

Today we had our semi-annual visit with Nick’s neurologist at Swedish.  His name is Dr. Doherty.  We think that he is awesome, and not only just  because of his name.  I was thinking today as we left his office how grateful I am for medical professionals who are very competent in their profession, and are very

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Keep on learning.

Nick loves being around little children.  He enjoys watching them run around playing.  He learns so much from them.  Last night we had the pleasure of Madi who is 8 and Bridger who is 4, staying over night with Granny, Grandpa and Uncle Nick.  We ate good food.  There was some healthy food, but mostly

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Pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain!

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Don’t jump to conclusions.

We operate an income tax business and yesterday was tax filing day in the US.  Our tradition is to take everyone in our family out to dinner and so we gathered at a very popular restaurant near our home.  It was so crowded that we had trouble getting Nick’s wheelchair through the tables to where we were to

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Happy Easter. Happy – Nuss!

One of Nicholas’s ‘nick-names’ is Nuss, as in Nick-a-nuss, which we sometimes extrapolate to Glad-nuss or Sad-nuss or Tired-nuss.  You get the idea!  Well this morning we have Happy-Nuss.  Two reasons, he loves Jesus and he loves Easter and he tells us that he love’s Jesus’ sacrifice.  He died and He lives again.  What a

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Defining Success.

How do you define success?  What does great accomplishment look like in your view?  Oh, we all have read about people with great athletic prowess, while others are super intellectuals, and still others accumulate great wealth.  Are these accomplishments truly the only examples of success? I have been at Nick’s side for over 37 years as he has reached

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Nick is doing great, I am getting there!

After almost 2 days of watching him closely, it seems that his ankle is only sprained and as long as he has on his high top hiking boots, he can walk.  This is a huge relief.  We are being careful with him but he is doing ok. I am very grateful to have received all

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.