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Often we look at our current situations in life and say, “I would be happy, if only I had …” (Fill in the blank)

We believe that our happiness or our success is dependent on gaining something we don’t have.  The path to gain that thing can be obscured and seem daunting or even impossible.

I believe that life is to be experienced.  These experiences whether they are pleasant or difficult are the seeds that sprout and grow into the learning that produces wisdom.  Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Wisdom is the daughter of experience.”  He was a man of unquenchable curiosity, considered by some as one of the most diversely talented persons to have ever lived.  Look at all the things that he learned and experienced in his life.

Another incredible man, Albert Einstein said, “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.  You need experience to gain wisdom.”

We can choose to stay stuck in the mud of a difficult experience or we can choose to grow from the struggle and learn amazing lessons as we overcome the hard things.

Experienced based learning is a particular model in formal education, but I believe that the practical application can be seen in everyone’s life.

There are basic four steps.  1 – Concrete experience which is the hands-on experience we learn from. 2 – Reflective Observation is necessary to learn, we consider and ponder what we have experienced.  3 – Abstract Conceptualisation is where we decide what we will do differently next time after we have identified and understood what we experienced.  4 – Active Experimentation is the phase of the cycle where we can test our plan of action to see if it works.

The difficult thing for me is to remember to try to do different things when I am faced with similar experiences.  A Narcotics Anonymous quote from 1981 has become very well know, “Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.”

I am trying to gain wisdom through the experiences of my life so that I don’t run through my life making the same mistakes over and over.

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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.