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Death is unexpected.

Today is the 25th anniversary of the day my dad moved his residence to Heaven.  He went a few days before the big birthday celebration for Jesus.  Nick celebrates the day people pass away as their Heaven day, to him it is like a birthday.  He remembers loved ones and sends them balloons up to heaven.

A couple of days ago there was a tragic accident in our area.  Of the 87 passengers on an Amtrak train that derailed, 3 were killed and 70 seriously injured.  Another 30 were injured by the train falling onto the freeway below.   We have been praying for the victims and their families.  Accidents are always completely, surprisingly, unexpected, and sometimes they are life changing.

Even with my dad who had been fighting cancer for over 3 years, when the actual moment came, back in 1992, I was surprised.  I remember driving on the freeway afterwards. noticing that everyone around me looked like they were going about their normal lives and I had just experienced a dramatic tragedy.  No one noticed my suffering.

Many people around us have experienced tragic events.  We don’t always notice their suffering.  The message of Christmas, the message of Jesus is to make yourself aware of what others are dealing with and try to comfort the weary and lift up the hands that hang down.

My sister Rosie posted a song on her Facebook page today that was tender and uplifting.  A father expresses his grief remembering the loss of his teenaged daughter.  Missing our loved ones, especially at the holidays can be overwhelming.  I love the message of the song.   I want to share it with you today.

Life’s experiences can be hard.  We can make it sweeter for ourselves and easier others by reaching out to to them.

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  1. Nick’s thoughts re death are like those of the Mexicans and Day of the Dead. I love it and celebrate as does he. It is a day to welcome the loved and departed ones. Recognize them and celebrate their life as we knew 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.