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Watch Out For The Police!

For decades, Nick has had a habit of calling out a warning to those who are leaving our home: “Watch out for the police!”  I don’t know what the initial event was that precipitated his caution.  I do know that we have repeatedly told people to drive the speed limit in our small town, because

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A true friend.

Last week we held the Nick book launch party in Duvall.  We felt great excitement as we prepared to gather with our friends to recognize that my newest book, “Our Time To Dance,” was now available for purchase.  We arrived at the venue about 45 minutes before the start time to ready the room.  Nick

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Reconnect Over The Holidays

The holidays are a special time of the year.  The music and holiday movies remind us of the importance of our friends and family.   As our lives get busier, we can easily lose the connection with others.  Although often it’s not intentional, before we know it, years have passed since we last spent time together.

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Immediately friends.

Nick loves meeting new people.  Often he will put out his hand as he says, “Hello.”  If they respond to him, he follows up with, “What is your name?”  Some people will engage with him and others seem affronted by his attempt to talk to them. On Monday, I decided to follow his example.  Traveling

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I am in awe.

I am in awe whenever I witness the kind generosity and love others show to our Nick. It is pretty well know that Nick loves airplanes.  He takes the toys with him where ever we go.  Some places they have to stay in the car while he goes inside, such as at church or restaurants.

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Lasting Love.

Nick has an amazing memory regarding people that he loves.  For example, Shaunda Johnson-Taylor is a special friend of Nick’s.  In high school, she and our daughter Karen were friends and Shaunda became another one of our kids.  She always knew that she could come to our house and be loved.  That was many years ago and

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True Love.

I love the movie “The Princess Bride.”  The dialog is incredible and there are many memorable quotes.  One of my favorites is when Wesley declares to Buttercup, “This is true love, you think this happens every day?” The definition of true love has been at the heart of lyrics and literature since time immemorial. Nick and

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We love traveling to Ireland.  Our first family trip to Ireland was in 1986.  We had our 4 children between ages 8 and 3 for two weeks in the local area where my grandparents had emigrated from. 4400 miles from home.  It was magical. Having the experience of learning first hand about our cultural heritage is amazing.  We

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Over the years, Arden and I have often heard the comment, “I don’t know how you guys do it.  I couldn’t do it.”  I believe the secret to our success in caring for our Nick all these years, is that God has placed people in our life that have given us support and love. Some

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What’s your name?

Nick loves people and he is unafraid to initiate a conversation with everyone that he meets.  We began noticing this habit of his about 10 years ago when we started using a wheelchair while we were traveling with him.  We would use the service offered by the airport to have a person push his wheelchair through the

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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.