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A rooftop garden, sunshine, and piano music!

I am in Galway, alone.  Oh, I am with friends.  However, I am not with Nick.  He and Arden are up in Donegal and I will join them on Monday.

This weekend I am presenting at a conference on Mothering at Galway University.  My talk is entitled, “The Unexpected Mothering Story.  When the story doesn’t go as planned.”  The subject matter is the journey of raising a child with severe disabilities.  All the prep work is done and the conference starts tonight.

This afternoon I had nothing scheduled and this table in the sunshine called to me.  Using technology, I began playing Phil Coulter’s albums on my I-Phone, and pulled out my knitting.  It was glorious.  With a soft breeze blowing gently, my body relaxed for the first time in a long time.

Finding time to give myself respite has been hard for me.  Many of my friends have tried to counsel me to find time to relax and I have known that they were speaking the truth.  It is not so easy to implement when I have felt so responsible for so many things for so long.

Daisy’s dancing in the breeze, and seagulls soaring above the roof tops.  Their call forces me to watch them.  They flap their wings like mad, up and up, then at the apex, they stretch out and glide, seemingly forever.

I realize that is what respite can do for us.  If  we are only busily flapping our wings, without taking the time to soar, we will exhaust ourselves.  I have lived in a state of exhaustion for a very long time.

I am learning that breaks don’t have to be long or planned.  They can be spontaneous and brief, as long as they are refreshing and revitalizing.  I am intrigued as I look for these moments that center me and balance my life.  I relish these moments.

What have you found that balances your life?  Share your thoughts with me.

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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.