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Nick Loves the Seahawks!

Nick is a big fan of the Seattle Seahawks.  He loves watching them play football.  He sometimes disagrees with the refs and will yell at the TV if he thinks that the pass was really incomplete.  Some times you might think that he is not paying attention, but he is following the game very closely.  When the Super Bowl is over, he is sad that there are not games to watch until August Pre-Season starts.  It is really fun to watch games with him.

Around the Puget Sound area the Seahawk fans are called “the 12’s.” It is said that the enthusiastic support of the fans in Seattle is just like the Hawks have a 12th man on the field, we give our team an advantage.  Or so we think.  In any case, Fridays in Seattle, during football season are known as “Blue Fridays,” and you will see people wearing jerseys and other regalia in open support of our team.

For Christmas one year, Nick’s siblings decided to purchase him a jersey.  They are pricey!  Arden wasn’t sure that Nick would understand how cool it was.  So since it was an expensive gift, I decided to ask Nick if he would want to have a Hawks jersey.  He said “yes, A Blue one.” That is the color of the home jerseys.  Arden was telling Karen that it probably didn’t matter to Nick which one he got, but I thought we should ask Nick that too.  He certainly expressed his opinion on that too.  Nick said, “I get number 3.”  Arden wondered aloud if Nick knew who number 3 was, Nick looked over at him as if he was being silly and said, “Number 3 is Russell Wilson, the quarterback.”  We all laughed.  I had told Arden that Seahawk football was important to Nick.

We take our jerseys with us when we travel during football season.  Well, we were in the Paris airport two years ago, leaving to come home on a Friday in November, and of course, Nick insisted that we had to wear our jerseys on the plane home.  We did get a few weird looks, but more often than not, we received thumbs-up from other passengers as we showed our support of Hawks.

It is very fun for me to have someone to watch football games with, but what is even more wonderful is to watch my son, able to completely participate in an activity that is 100% normal and age appropriate, with no modifications needed.  I count it as an incredible blessing.

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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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