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Nick sings in public.

Nick wanted to sing in our church talent night this weekend, and he said that Arden and I needed to sing with him.  He said that he wanted to sing his favorite song, which is Phil Coulter’s song, “The Town I love so well.”  We told him that it was too long for a talent night.  It takes over 7 minutes to sing.  So he compromised and said we were going to sing another Phil Coulter song.

He calls it “The Boys Song.”  The real title is “Scorn Not His Simplicity,”  written about the feelings and experiences of parents of a disabled son.  Phil and his wife had a young son with Down Syndrome.

The lyrics have always spoken to my heart, and they resonate with Nick’s heart, because he says that the song is about him too.  He sings all the time at home but usually like most of us, he gets nervous when he is singing in front of other people.   Sometimes you can barely hear him sing at all, but he keeps on wanting to try.

It takes courage to do things that are outside our comfort zone and especially when there is a risk of failure.  For over 37  years, we have tried to do whatever it took to assist Nick in is quest to have a full and happy life, whatever that looked like for him.  He wanted to sing in the talent show, so we made it happen.

Arden and I both feel a bit nervous about having a video of us singing on YouTube.  We don’t consider ourselves to be singers, but I was asked if we could post a video of Nick singing, so we have made one.  Nick loves it.  He keeps on saying, “I did a good job.”  We believe that he did a really good job.  We hope you like it.

You can find the video on YouTube.  https://youtu.be/oXrKtdWxAmg is the link.  Please share it if you like it. If you listen you can hear him singing.  He sings the bass part.

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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.