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We took Nick out to the Malin Hotel to see his favorite singer, Shunie Crampsey.  Nick is typically predictable.  Some of this is his autistic behaviors, some is his determination.  When we go out in Ireland, he likes a specific beverage that he only orders in Ireland – blackcurrant syrup with white lemonade in a pint glass with no ice.  (White lemonade is similar to 7-Up, but not as sweet.)  You can see it on the table next to him in the picture.  Usually, he is also holding his spinner string and at least one of his airplanes.

Because of the schedule we maintain to try to control his seizures, Nick hasn’t been out late in Ireland for over three years.  Musicians usually start playing after 10 pm and Nick is supposed to be in bed then.  He has missed “seeing Shunie”, as he calls it.  In preparation, we had him take a three-hour nap in the afternoon so, hopefully, he could be up late safely.

When we arrived at the Malin Hotel at 9:30 pm, the place was already packed.  The only open table was one in the middle of the room, which Nick was happy to sit at.  It was directly in front of Shunie.  A couple sitting at the side were just about to leave, so they offered us their table.  Nick was reluctant to move, but we prevailed because he decided it was ok after all.  The table we sat at was actually closer to Shunie.  He was happy.

Nick was impatient.  He wanted his drink right away, so we took care of that.  Then he wanted to know when Shunie was going to start playing.  Shunie overheard Nick’s comment.  Laughing he told him that it would be a wee while yet.  It is hard for Nick to be patient.

When Shunie did sit behind his piano, Nick purposely placed his airplanes, spinner and drink on the table and turned around, his back to us.  We laughed.  Nick sat that way for the next two and a half hours.  When we tried to engage him in conversation, or get him to drink some of his drink, he would quickly shake his head, “No, no, I listening to Shunie.”

When the last song was finished, and Shunie got up from his chair, he came over and thanked Nick for coming.  After saying goodbye to his favorite artist, Nick turned around, downed his drink and said, “Let’s go.”  That was it, we were done.  Of course it was 12:30 am and both Arden and I were tired too.  In the car on the way home, Nick said, “I love seeing Shunie.  You love it too?”

It is amazing how Nick can focus for hours sometimes and then seem to have no attention span at other times.  It was incredible to watch.  Arden and I are grateful we can give Nick an experience that he truly enjoys.  The effort to get him over here is definitely worth it.

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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.