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It’s the music.

Yesterday was Easter Sunday, a wonderful day for our family, full of worship, food, fun and music.  Nick has always been comforted by music.  Even as an infant when it was difficult to soothe him, I discovered that singing to him would stop his crying.  Later when he had endless doctor and therapy appointments, the radio became our constant companion throughout the hour long journey up and down the freeway.

Nick, Arden and I are members of our church choir.  Nick loves to learn the music and will sing along sometimes when we are practicing and performing.  He has a huge smile on his face during choir practice and performances, as he sits between the tenor and bass section, loving the experience of being surrounded by the music.  The piece we performed on Easter Sunday was written in 1713 as part of Bach’s cantata “Was Mir Behagt.”  As we sang the english version, “Sheep may safely graze,” accompanied by piano and viola, I watched the audience emotionally respond to the music.  It was magical to think that this piece was over 300 years old and is still touching hearts.

Nick loves music.  His response is the same whether it is a private performance, a concert with a hundred attendees or watching a mega-concert on TV.  Like all of us, he is drawn in and transported by the music.  Yesterday afternoon, we watched a recording of Garth Brooks outdoor concert from October 20, 2018 at Notre Dam.  84,000 of his friends in low places braved the rain, snow and wind to participate in the 2 1/2 hour show.  We felt the emotion and were in awe.

For Nick, one of the best things about going to Ireland is the live music.  It is not only the opportunity to hear live music in the pubs of Inishowen, the vocal talent and musicianship is extraordinary there.  Singers will perform covers of popular songs, and you can also hear plenty of original compositions.  Nick loves Irish musicians Phil Coulter, Brian Coll and Shunie Crampsey. Two summers ago we were able to hear all three live.  Shunie and Brian played in a small venue on a Sunday afternoon and Nick was right up near the stage.  He still talks about that concert.

I don’t know what it is about music that touches our souls, but it does.  I am grateful to those who have spent countless hours honing their craft.  Our world is blessed because of musicians.

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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.