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Serving others is life-changing.

We all get the chance to choose.  Most often the opportunity to provide service to someone else is not convenient.  Typically I have had something else planned when my awareness is shifted and I notice that I might be able to help someone.

To be honest, sometimes I have not chosen to help.  I have rationalized that someone else can do it, I am busy.  Other times I have done the service that was needed, but I didn’t have a willing heart.  For much of my life, the easier choice for me was to allow selfish thoughts to govern my life than to choose charitable compassion.  In any case, looking back, I can see the small and incremental changes in my outlook and thought patterns.  I have grown over the years, and I believe most of that personal growth has come as I have weathered the storms of life and emerged victorious over self.  Some of those storms have been of my own making and others have been just experiences.

We don’t often get to choose the experience, but we can choose our response to it.

Robert Frost’s famous poem, “The Road Not Taken,” sums it up.  Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

The road we choose does make all the difference – to us, to the others who need our help and to everyone else.

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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.