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January 2018

Celebrating my first year blogging.

Anniversary dates are a time of celebrating and reflection.  Just over a year ago I began writing a themed blog.  I have learned much this past year.  My subject matter typically revolves around Nick and the lessons I have learned while caring for him for over 38 years. I am an ordinary mom living an

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Act now because inspiration is fleeting.

We all receive inspiration.  It’s when you have an idea that sparks up your brain and gives you a solution to a problem or a work around for a particular situation or a creative idea for a project or item.  It is exhilarating. I have found that to be effective, I need to act when

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How to Survive and Thrive.

When you are in the midst of difficult times in your life, what do you do to make it through? Do you try and find a way to hide out and escape your reality?  I do sometimes. Life is overwhelming at times for everyone.  For those of us caring for loved ones with severe chronic

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Recognize Blessings

Feeling overwhelmed is common to all of us.  Most of us have experienced times and seasons where the circumstances in our lives make it seem impossible for us to get through them gracefully and emotionally intact.  Life is hard at times. I love listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing “Count Your Blessings.”  This popular hymn

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Mommy, I made you something. You like it?

Most mothers of pre-school children know the joy of receiving a handmade gift from their child.  Overflowing with love these creative masterpieces are often displayed on refrigerators at home and desks at work.  Although Nick is 38, and I am long past the age when most mothers receive these precious presents, I still get them

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Be Brave! Ride the Wave!

I have never been on a surf board, and I am not sure that it will ever happen, but I do like playing around in the ocean.   While the waves are beautiful as they come crashing onto the shore, the ocean is powerful and we need to recognize signs and understand some basic rules in

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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.