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Nick had a surprise visitor today.

This afternoon I learned that someone very special to Nick was going to make a short house-call visit to Nick.  Santa Claus was coming to our house so that Nick could meet with him and let him know what he wanted for Christmas.  

It has been difficult recently to take Nick to public places.  Crowds are not the easiest to navigate with a wheelchair.  And with our recent trip to Ireland and Christmas just over a week away, we didn’t see how we could get to a mall so Nick could see Santa.  

I thought that maybe we could just skip this tradition this year.  But Nick is really persistent and he kept telling us, “Not I see Santa yet.  I need to.  Christmas is coming, you know.”  And there are Santa Claus images, artwork and song references everywhere.  And Nick kept pointing them out to us.  

Even in Carndonagh when the rain was lashing sideways and the line for Santa was two blocks long, he was mad at us when we took him home instead of standing in line.

Santa is a real and necessary part of the holiday to Nick.  So today when Santa kindly said he would come to our home this afternoon, Arden and I were grateful.  My heart was full watching as he talked to Santa and told him what was on his Christmas wish list. 

I don’t know what your specific thoughts are about the tradition of Santa, but today, in my home, this jolly elf in a red suit was the embodiment of service, kindness, caring, giving and love.  To me that is the spirit of Christmas.  

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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.