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Another Milestone.

In September, Arden and I were talking while driving in the car, when Nick piped up from the back seat, “I want to have a job.”  We reminded him that he had a job.  Nick has had a few different jobs supported by job coaches for the past 16 years.  It is a program that is funded through the state.

Currently he is shredding papers in our office once a week and our friend Helen is his job coach. He was quiet for a long time and I thought that the topic was concluded.

I was wrong.  Next, we heard him say, “Not I get paid.”  Arden and I both laughed a little.  We asked him if he wanted to get paid for shredding, and he said yes.  We were obviously in full negotiation mode when we asked, “How much do you want to be paid?”

He paused, as if to consider the question thoughtfully, then said emphatically, “Twenty dollars.”  Arden and I looked at each other and nodded to one another.  I said, “Ok, starting this week, you will get twenty dollars each time you shred with Helen. Is that ok?”  He said yes.

Arden then asked, “What do you want to do with your money after you get paid?”  “Buy stuff,” was the reply.  Arden asked, “What kind of stuff do you want to buy?” Nick said that he wanted to buy Christmas presents. That made me cry.

Miraculously, another developmental step had been achieved.  He wanted some money of his own.  He wanted to work for that money, and he wanted to decide how to spend it.  It was a good day.

I believe that it is important to never give up.  There is always hope for forward progress. Sometimes the next step takes a long time to accomplish, but growth and learning are possible.

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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.