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Search for the common ground.

People do things because it makes sense to them.  We may not understand their perspective because we haven’t had the same life experiences.

If we honestly make an effort, we may discover and learn something new.

I have a few friends who have different perspective and ideas than I do.  For some it is religion, for others it is politics, for even others the question is where is the best place to live, or the best car to drive, or the best specific restaurant in a chain of restaurants.  We all have differing opinions.

In the past, I have had many interesting discussions about all of these topics.  Recently it seems that people can’t have discussions about differing ideas without succumbing to name calling and becoming angry.

I have a friend who I love to travel with.  She and I love international figure skating competitions, Italian food and Barbra Streisand.  We don’t love the same politicians or news channels.  I don’t love roller coasters and she doesn’t love to knit.

We choose to focus on the things that we do have in common, rather than the things that we don’t.  Recently on a fabulous trip to New York, we had the opportunity over a few days to share our deep feelings about some things.  These topics are among the talking points that we hear discussed on the current TV news shows.  We both came away from these conversations with increased mutual respect and more understanding concerning different opinions than our own.

Most people want to work hard, spend time with their loved ones and enjoy their leisure time, regardless of their positions on these different hot topics.  My mother used to say that people shouldn’t discuss politics or religion.  I don’t really agree.  I believe that you can have informative and respectful conversations with people that don’t think like you do and everyone can benefit from the exchange of ideas.

Search for the common ground with others, your life will be enriched.

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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.