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Go Hawks! It’s Blue Friday.

Nick woke up today asking, “what day is it?”  And before we could answer him, he yelled out, “It’s Blue Friday, Game Day.”  Nick loves football and especially the Seahawks playing football.  He knows that football season is over each year in February with the Super Bowl and starts up again with the pre-season games near his birthday.

Every Friday during the year, he wears his Russell Wilson jersey to remember the Hawks.  He is truly one of the 12’s.

I took this picture this afternoon, in his room after asking him, “How do you feel about watching the game today, Nick?”  His smile tells it all.

I know that I have mentioned many times that it is important to not underestimate others abilities.  We need to make the effort to notice what is important to others and what things make them happy.  Nick may not have the verbal ability to tell me how important the Seahawks are to him, but when I take the time to notice what he does say and how he responds to situations, I know how he feels.

One of the things that I love about being in a yoga class is when the teacher in the middle of the class says, “now, breathe, now feel and observe.”  It is my opportunity to pause and check in to observe how things are for me.  I was thinking today, wouldn’t it be great if we all took that same advice and applied it to our relationships and interactions with others.  What if during conversations and experiences, I stopped, took a breath and observed how I was feeling and tried to discern how others were feeling.

I have learned to do this with Nick as I have gained the skills necessary to be his warrior mom.  I now need to learn to generalize this skill to my relationships with others.  I am working on 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.