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“I am walking now.”

We got some great news today.  After reviewing new x-rays, the doctor said that Nick’s ankle is healed up and he can retire his walking air cast.  I thought that Nick would show more excitement when he heard the news.  I think that the doctor wondered if Nick understood what was happening.  We took the boot off and put on his shoe and sock.  We did still have him in the wheelchair because even on good days, he can’t walk too far.

On the way home we called both his brother Ryan and sister Karen to share the good news, but he hardly spoke to them.  I was encouraging him to talk to them and when he did tell them that he was done with the boot, he didn’t sound too enthusiastic.  It wasn’t until about 30 minutes later when we arrived at home, that it appeared he finally realized that he was really done.

We opened the car door and helped him get out. At first he stood there, then he took one step forward and stopped.  Speaking very loudly, he said, “I walking, I am walking, now.”  He began heading for the house as he kept repeating himself.  I think that it had finally sunk in that his ankle was healed.  I made him walk back by the car to take a picture of the occasion.

I think that perhaps we are all a bit like that.  Whenever there is a big change in our lives, it can take a while for our brains to process the new normal.

I am excited for Nick and for us.  Life is much simpler when the broken bones have healed.

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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.