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Defining Success.

How do you define success?  What does great accomplishment look like in your view?  Oh, we all have read about people with great athletic prowess, while others are super intellectuals, and still others accumulate great wealth.  Are these accomplishments truly the only examples of success?

I have been at Nick’s side for over 37 years as he has reached unexpected milestone after unexpected milestone.  He has taught me that there are many definitions of success.

Success is learning to walk when you are 3 years old.  Success is learning to swim after taking weekly private lessons for 6 years.  Success is being able to finally feed yourself when you are 9 years old.  Success is being able to read a talk in church that you wrote yourself when you are 17 years old.

For Nick, each of these accomplishments came much later in his life than is typical for most people and after much more effort and work than most of us put in.

He still is working on learning new things.  During his private yoga class he often surprises his teacher, Kelly Rush of Two Rivers Yoga.  Each week, at the beginning of class, she asks him what poses he wants to do.  He always has an answer to her question.

Some of the poses are more advanced than he can do immediately.  I have noticed that she doesn’t ask him what he can do, and he is answering her question of what he does want to do.  As with many many things in his life, Nick is anticipating and looking forward to what he hopes to do some day.  He is patiently working towards accomplishing these new tasks.

By observing Nick, I have learned a new definition of success – “Dream Big, Work Steadily with Patience, and you will Accomplish Much.”

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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.