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Pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain!

“The Wizard of Oz” is an iconic film, with great music and wonderful messages.  Nick loves to sing, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and “We’re off to see the Wizard.”

There have been times in my life when I have embodied the various characters while I am seeking either heart, courage, my brain or even home.  Lately I feel that I connect most closely to the wizard.  Oh I know that Dorothy tells him that he is not a very nice man.   While I do try to be nice to others, I am talking about when I hide myself behind a figurative curtain while I am frantically scrambling to pull all the levers and push all the buttons to keep the show going forward.  Sometimes I actually pull it off and no one seems to notice the woman behind that curtain.

The Wizard was desperately attempting to hide who he really was.  He had gained the reputation that he could be all things to all people.  He was supposed to be able to meet their every wish.  Because he knew that he couldn’t give them what they sought, he kept himself apart from the others and he just wanted them to leave.

Some sources have said that the Wizard of Oz was a con-man but I have a different perspective.  All of us try to present our selves in the best possible light.  Sometimes our outward projection of our inward capabilities is not accurate.  I believe that most of us are just trying to keep it all together, the best that we can.

Just remember that when you see someone projecting a “larger than life” image of themselves, they might really be hiding behind the curtain, frantically pulling on the levers to keep the show going.  It is sort of like watching a duck on a pond.  The image you see is a duck serenely gliding across the water while below the surface their little legs are madly paddling to keep moving forward.

Let’s all decide to have more compassion for each other, we just might be able to change the world from black and white to color.

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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.