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Happy St. Patricks Day!

We have said every year that St. Patrick’s Day should be a national holiday.  Even as early as the 9th and 10 century Saint Patrick’s feast day was being celebrated.  The 17th of March is the traditional death date of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.  We do take the day off.  Be sure to wear green around us or you never know what might happen.

We took our kids over to Ireland for the first time in 1986.  The four of them ranged in age from eight down to three.  The experience of learning first hand about our cultural heritage was amazing and life changing. We have been truly blessed.  Meeting our cousins and becoming friends is another great blessing in our lives.

One of Nick’s favorite things to do is sing Irish songs.  He knows hundreds.  It a our family tradition to celebrate this holiday.  Even though March 17th falls in the middle of the busiest time of tax season, it is a wonderful excuse to stop working and celebrate with family and friends.  Today we are doing two of Nick’s favorite things.  We are flying to the Bay area of California to join cousins and friends in a memorable party to celebrate the day, our family and all things Irish.  It is a grand adventure.

I have heard that on this day, everyone either says that they are Irish or wishes they were.

So today, enjoy the ‘Craic’ (in case you didn’t know that is Irish for ‘enjoyment and fun.’)  Raise your glass as  you say Slainte (good health or cheers!). Be kind and treat everyone with acceptance and gentleness.  We need more of that in this world.  Éirinn go Brách!

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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.