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Home For The Holidays.

At the holidays thoughts are turned to home.  What actually constitutes our home?  Is it where our family lives or where we were raised?  Is it where we are employed or is it a place that only exists in our memory?  

Today we are heading back home for our own holiday season.  We have been away for a month and are anticipating the time with our children, grandchildren and friends.  The lights and music in the airport lend a cheery atmosphere to an otherwise potentially stressful time.  

It does take a lot of preparation to make a journey, especially in winter if you are in the northern hemisphere.  Crowds of people and long lines to check in can be frustrating and sometimes we lose sight of our goal of spending a joyful time with our loved ones.  

Work and other time commitments can also get in our way, taking our attention away from the current events.  Also, past experiences with family and relations can seem to overshadow the potential of a good holiday.

We try and pack everything we think that we need.   Even that can bring stress.  Our car is tightly packed over the maximum capacity so that even the tires seem to groan with the load.  

An article published in Psychology Today over 5 years ago is still relevant and timely.  It lists 12 ways to help with Holiday Angst.  I like to read it every year at this time as a reminder.  Developing the capacity to care for ourselves and be realistic in our expectations is really important.

We can have a memorable and joyful holiday season.  It really is up to us.  I choose joy and I hope you do 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.