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Simple Pleasures!

One of the main things that we recognize about Nick, is that he finds joy in many things.   Situations that many people term the simple pleasures of life.  Everyday he experiences something in his life that he feels is wonderful and it lights up his face.  You can see an example of this in the picture of his face anticipating the chocolate sundae.

A few years ago when Nick’s health had taken a bad turn, life felt overwhelming to me.  A dear friend, lovingly counselled me to look for the joy in my life.  She told me that I could find it each and every day.  I believed her because she has lived through similar situations as I have and yet she lives her life full of joy.

How did I do this?  Well, without telling anyone what I was doing, I began to write down my moments of joy.  Those times that were delightful, the things that were funny.  I began to laugh more and my outlook was brighter.

One thing that I try to do is notice the minute I begin to smile.  That is my personal indication that something good is happening.  If I immediately turn my attention to what is going on, and allow myself to experience the joy, not only do I feel better, and my ability to recognize these potential simple joyful moments increases.  Finding joy is easier and I feel it more often.

Why don’t you try it and see if it works for you?  Let me know what happens.

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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.