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Be willing to try new things.

Nick is a great example to me.  One thing that was obvious from the first time he started physical therapy when he was a year old was that he was willing to try new things.  He is open to new experiences and challenges.

I often will look at the task at hand and determine in my mind whether I will be successful in that endeavor or not.  Then often I won’t even try.  Nick is not like that.  He will go ahead and try, then see what will happen.  I believe that his willingness to try new things is one of the biggest factors in his amazing accomplishments.  Originally his doctors didn’t think that he would be able to walk or talk or do many of the things that he does.

Just because he tries something however, doesn’t mean that he likes everything.  I posted this picture of him riding a horse because that is one example of something that Nick doesn’t like to do.  He really enjoyed riding his plastic rocking horse, but riding a real horse is not the same.  He tried it in July 1990 and again about 8 years later.  After that he will tell us, “No my like riding a horse.”  He did try riding a horse a couple of times and it is not his thing.  Even when we had horses, he liked petting them, he didn’t want to go for a ride.  He can’t really articulate why he doesn’t like it, but he does let us know that he doesn’t want to.  And that is just fine with us.

Another thing he tried was ice skating.  He only tried it once for about 5 minutes.  I took him around the rink one time.    He got off after the first time around and refused to get back on the ice.  Sometimes when we are all skating, we will ask him again if he wants to come out with us, just to watch him skate his head emphatically and say, “no I fine, I sit here, OK?  I just watch, OK?”  He really didn’t like it, but he did try it.

When he was younger, (and smaller) he was in a program called Ski For All.  The program is now called Outdoorsforall.  Ski instructors with specialized training would give individual lessons to those with special needs during ski season.  He loved that while he could still do it.  Over time, his physical capacity made it impossible to continue with the skiing, but he still sometimes talks about skiing down the hill very fast.  He tells us that it was fun.

I am grateful that Nick is an example of being willing to try new things and to discover through that process what things are fun to do and what things are not.  I try to be open.  It is not always easy, but it is definitely enriching to my life when I am.

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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.