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Nick really doesn’t like it when people are mad at each other.  If Arden and I are ‘discussing’ anything when he is around, he will first clear his throat.  Loudly clear his throat, I mean.  If that doesn’t get a response, he will ask, “Mom, you frustrated with Arden?”  That usually gets a response from me, not always a positive one.  It depends on how emotionally charged I am.  But I do get the message and it does help deescalate the situation.

If I am mad at him, he will repeatedly ask, “You done being frustrated with me?”  Eventually I have to admit that I am done being mad.  Then he is happy again.

Nick rarely fights and when he does, we are all shocked.  This picture is of one of the times he was fighting with me.  We were in Ireland and he didn’t want to do what I wanted him to.  It is cute to look at now, but I didn’t think it was cute at the time.  Nick spent the rest of the day, apologizing to me.  He truly was sorry that we had fought.

This weekend I realized that his aversion to fighting extends into his opinion of movies too.  We had watched a Hallmark movie one evening, you know the ones, a little tension between the two main characters and then ‘happily ever after’ at the end.  The next morning, I had my mom hat on and was trying to work on his communication skills as well as recall and comprehension.

I asked him about the movie, and he did remember some details.  That was wonderful. Then I asked if it was a happy or a sad movie.  I was trying to help him recognize emotions in others.  He said it was a sad movie.  So I asked why it was sad.  “Because they fighting.” was the response.  He was right, the two main characters had been fighting a lot before the final resolution.  I explained that it was a happy movie because at the end everyone was all better, so could he see that it was a happy movie overall.  He shook his head and I asked, why was it not happy.  He firmly said again, “because they fighting.”

I was trying to teach him. He actually taught me, again.

He was right, it is sad when people fight.  I could see his point.  Our lives would truly be happier if we could find other ways to resolve differences than fighting.  I try to follow Nick’s example and not fight.  When I fall short, I apologize quickly like he does.

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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.