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Strengthen each other.

25 years ago we purchased our log home in Carnation from our friends Allen and Leonie Hunt.  They are visiting with us this weekend.  We remarked how both families have been blessed by our friendship.  When we bought their house, we inherited their friends too.  That has been a great blessing to us.  Allen and Leonie get to come back and visit, staying in their old bedroom, which is our guestroom now.  They feel that this has been a great blessing to them.

We haven’t lived near each other and we don’t talk all the time, but when we are together it is a grand reunion.

I am grateful for our relationship.  We understand each other and have empathy and compassion for each other.  Even though our life experiences have not been exactly the same, we have weathered the storms of adversity and emerged victorious.  There is something very comforting to know that we have friends who are completely 100 percent supportive of us and we know we can count on them to help us if we are in need.  They understand.

C.S. Lewis said, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

Another great philosopher, Winnie the Pooh said to his friend Piglet, “If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart.  I’ll stay there forever.”

True friends strengthen each other.  With true friends we can be ourselves, make mistakes, fall down, and pick ourselves up.

Dr. Seuss wrote, “we’re all a little weird, and life’s a little weird.  And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

I am grateful that I have found people whose weirdness is compatible with mine.

I am a stronger person because of my friends.  Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to cope with the difficult things I have faced.   They help me laugh at life and laugh at myself, finding humor even during the hard times.  I would love to hear how your true friends have strengthened you!

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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.