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I got a joke!

Years ago, when Nick was still in high school, he began noticing social conversations more and more and wanted to participate.  Often after dinner, someone in our family would say, “did you hear the one about…” which would indicate that the story telling amateur comedy hour had begun with everyone seated around our dining room table.  Nick would jump in, “I got a joke.” and we would say, “ok, what is your joke, Nick.”  He would tell a Knock Knock joke about oranges and we would all laugh.

This went on for a few years, the same old joke over and over.  Then one day shortly after Ryan had gotten his commercial Pilots license, Nick had a different question instead of “Knock Knock?” for his joke.

He said, “Why the pilot not land the airplane?”  Everyone stopped talking and I said, “I don’t know Nick, Why did the pilot not land the airplane?”  He sat there for a few moments and I was afraid that he didn’t have an answer.  I was mistaken.  He did have an answer, he was just using a dramatic comedic pause for effect.  I didn’t understand that.

He looked straight at me and said, “He forgot to!”  He had made up a joke and was poking fun at Ryan and his new career as a commercial pilot.  Again we had underestimated Nick and we were all amazed.

He still tells that same joke and has made up two others.  So now days, he has a short comedy routine that he performs when others are sitting around telling jokes.  Often if his audience is not familiar with the script, Arden or I will interpret for Nick so that others can get the jokes.  If everyone there knows Nick and the jokes, someone will always play the part of his straight man.

We all have fun and I am so proud of him and his creative abilities.  I am so grateful that he can communicate with us.  He makes me laugh, and that enriches my life.

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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.