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Dad, You’re weird!

Most every morning Nick wakes up in a great mood.  He sings songs and talks non-stop while we get him cleaned up to start the day.  Arden loves to tease Nick when they are talking or singing.  He will change words around or will completely ad-lib lines.  His sense of humor is one of the amazing things that I love about Arden.

The other morning, Nick looked at Arden straight in the face. (this doesn’t happen very often) Arden and I both looked at him.  He said, “Dad, you’re weird!”  Arden and I both burst into laughter.  You know the kind.  Belly laughing with tears rolling down your face.  It was so funny.

Since then I have wondered why it is that the same words spoken at different times, elicit an alternate response.  We could have been offended by someone else saying the very same thing.  Is it that I know the intent of Nick’s heart?  I know that there was no malice intended.  Do I have different expectations for people?  Could I choose to have the same generosity of heart for others?  Can I look past the word choice to find the intent of the person speaking?  Will I cut them some slack in our relationships?

Recently I have noticed that I can become easily offended by a glance from someone driving a car next to me.  Someone that I don’t know and will never meet.  I assign malicious intent to their behavior and I respond accordingly.  Other similar situations come to mind, and I feel chagrined at how often this happens.

These are hard questions requiring reflection and self evaluation.  Observing my response to Nick compared to my responses to others has helped me determine to have more compassion and empathy for others, especially when my initial response is irritation.

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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.