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My Not-So-Brave New World

How are you and your loved ones coping with Covid-19?  I have heard this question from many sources recently.  Many people are sincerely concerned about themselves and others.

For the most part I am doing ok with keeping fear at bay over these past three weeks of practicing social distancing. After all, facing fear is a skill I have learned and implemented over the 40 years of our very intense experiences caring for Nick with his Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. Everyone coping with a life-threatening situation with a loved one knows that level of fear.

But I have noticed over the past few days, that I am getting fatigued.  Little by little anxiety has crept into my subconscious. Some mornings the first thought in my head upon waking is ‘corona-virus’ or ‘Covid-19.’ Last week, I stopped myself from continually checking the news updates.  I look at the news feeds once during the day to get an update and then return to my normal home-based activities.

Recently I have taken advantage of watching the free concerts offered by musicians, as they strive to comfort others by sharing their talents from their homes.  Some have been online and some are on television.  I have laughed at the various memes shared on social media and email.  Talented people the world over are reaching out with a generous spirit to uplift others.

Yesterday I decided to renew my personal efforts to find beautiful, joyful things in my life.  I have made a conscious decision to shift my mindset, and increase my awareness of the extraordinary.  Noticing these things with gratitude does help me dispel the gloom.

How are you?

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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.