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Celebrating Giving.

The holidays are a special time of the year when we recognize and celebrate generously giving to others.   During this season we are unselfish as we look for places to serve others through volunteering and supporting charitable organizations.  

There are many opportunities in every community to spread Christmas Cheer, this special feeling that one feels at Christmastime.  

Friends of mine volunteer at a soup kitchen during the holidays every year, helping serve a hot meal to those who are homeless.  Others I know collect donated socks, blankets and coats to hand out on the streets of the city throughout the winter.  Choral groups schedule a time to sing carols in nursing homes and hospitals.  Plates of home baked cookies are delivered to friends and neighbors.  Bell ringing Santas collect coins for the Salvation Army.  Donated food is collected at local food banks and new toys are dropped off at the Toys for Tots donation locations.

I believe that once our minds are turned to serving others, we can easily find things that are possible for us to do.  Giving others compliments instead of complaints, saying something nice to others on social media or sending cards in the mail are just a few things that can be easy for anyone to do.  

Community service and volunteerism has a strong tradition in America.  Focusing on helping others and improving their lives is not the only benefit.  Such service will improve the quality of your own life.  

I wish we would spread Christmas Cheer all year long.  How will it change the world if each of us make a little more effort to find ways to give service to others throughout the year?  I have made a commitment to find things I can do.  

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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.