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Over the years, Arden and I have tried to discover things that will make caring for Nick easier both for us as well as easier for him.  Some ideas have worked out and others we have scrapped.  Sometimes we are brainstorming and planning for awhile and other times, the light turns on and a solution presents itself in a moment.

That is what happened on the third day of our big road trip last year.  We planned to be gone for a total of 6 weeks and already after just a few days, Arden and I were frustrated.  It was a little thing really, but sometimes, little things seem big when we can’t solve a problem.

The problem was Nick’s airplanes.  He had three of them with him on the trip.  For two days, it seemed that we were dealing with them in some capacity every few minutes.  He was either dropping them or he wanted a different one than the one he was holding.  He could only hold one in each hand, so we had one too many in my opinion.  Nick didn’t agree.  Neither of us was happy.  I couldn’t imagine fighting with him for the next six weeks while we were on the road.  There had to be a solution.

We were at the gas station that morning, filling up for the day, when I noticed a toy store across the road.  The idea popped into my head.   I could get him something to hold the planes.  That would help.  

I pretty much demanded that Arden drive me over there so I could see if I could find some container to hold the planes.  I went into the store and asked the first employee I saw.  They took me to a section with plastic boxes.  I didn’t think that would work.

Come on, there must be something in this store that will help me and make Nick happy.  I walked to the end of that aisle and towards the front of the store.  I was so discouraged.

Straight ahead of me was a display of plastic gift bags.  Right at the top was a small gift bag.  The picture on the bag was of airplanes from the movie “Planes”.  It was a perfect container and Nick would love it.  The shelf immediately to the left had a few toy planes too.

In my relief at finding a quick solution, I also purchased him two new planes.  We now had five toy planes to keep track of, but it was so much easier because they all fit into the bag that he could carry.

It has been over a year and we have taken his airplane bag with us everywhere.  I don’t know what we will do when it wears out, but I am sure we will be led to another solution.

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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.