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Is life like a chess game?

Nick lives in the moment.  Yes he can have anxiety about future events, but he doesn’t spend his time strategizing to create certain outcomes in his life.  He either enjoys or tolerates what is currently happening.  Sometimes he does ask, “What’s next?”  But that is usually after he’s finished dinner and he’s wondering what his dessert will be.

I, on the other hand, complicate things.  I envision what might possibly be the logical future outcome of these situational choices.  If I do this, then they will do that, if I say this, they will say that.  Now this can be a useful tool.  It can help avoid some terrible outcomes, but for the most part, life is not like a chess game.  I know that I have missed opportunities because by applying this logic I have talked myself out of doing some things.   We truly don’t know how other people will react and if we let ourselves, we might be pleasantly surprised.

Nick has an open heart towards everyone he meets.  Each person is a potential friend.  He doesn’t logically evaluate outcomes while interacting with others.  He doesn’t try to emotionally protect himself.  He just loves and mostly that is what he receives in return.  To be honest, sometimes he is rebuffed, but not very often.  And when that does happen, he doesn’t let that negative experience change his response to the next person.  His interactions are always the same.  He approaches others with his heart full of love and acceptance.

As humans we do learn from experiencing cause and effect, but somehow Nick has learned to love openly without reservation.  Our lives are blessed because of it.  I am learning to follow his example.  Can you imagine your world if you learned to do that too?  Please share your thoughts with me.

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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.

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