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Mommy, I made you something. You like it?

Most mothers of pre-school children know the joy of receiving a handmade gift from their child.  Overflowing with love these creative masterpieces are often displayed on refrigerators at home and desks at work.  Although Nick is 38, and I am long past the age when most mothers receive these precious presents, I still get them from him.

Nick knows that I love my herb tea and so yesterday he asked at the pottery place if he could made a herb tea mug for me.  They said yes.  He was so excited.  Arden took a short video of him working on the mug.  Nick Painting a mug.

He picked out the greenware with a shamrock on it and painted it green and pink, my two favorite colors.  Last night when I saw this video, I marvelled at his ability to know what I would like.  He has paid attention.  With intent and strong focus he created something he knew that I would love.

It will be so fun when it is finished and he can bring it home to me.  It is going to be my favorite herb tea mug.  The best thing about it is that each time I use it, I will have the opportunity to think about Nick and how much he wanted to bring me joy through the present he made for me.

Today I decided that I want to pay more attention to my loved ones interests.  I want to notice things about them, so that the gifts I get them for birthdays and holidays are as perfect for them as what Nick is making for me.

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  1. Such focus and concentration as he’s painting! He KNEW he was making something special.

  2. Sometimes it’s easy & so compelling to get lost in the care-taking we forget to notice the care-giving that is going on from the one we care for. So nicely captured with Nick.

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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.