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Getting rid of problems

I often learn life lessons from watching Nick. He is unfiltered in his responses to his life experiences. We have had lots of snow on the ground since Super Bowl Sunday. And while this is common-place for many parts of the world in winter, I have never experienced this length of time dealing with snow before. Neither has Nick.

At first he expressed delight! “Look it snowing. Snow on the ground.”

After a few days, he started asking, “Why it still snowing?”, mirroring my own thoughts.

The second week he began asking, “When the snow be gone?” That made me laugh.

The third week he began praying earnestly that the snow would be done.

Finally, this morning, his prayer changed. He asked that the snow be sent to his friends the Soptichs who recently moved to Eastern Washington.

I do understand his logic: the Soptich’s knew what weather they would experience when they moved.

Observing Nick experiencing this problem helped me realize that I have gone through this same process. At first I am intrigued by the problem and then after a while I wonder why I am still experiencing the problem. Those thoughts often change to me asking when it will be over and finally I begin wishing that someone else had the problem instead of me.

Again Nick is my teacher. Have you experienced this process too?

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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.