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Today was a good day!

I really enjoy spending time with the attendees at the MIRCI Conferences.  They are women from all over the globe who come together once a year for three days to discuss current issues surrounding women, feminism and motherhood.  It is inspiring to be in the presence of such dedicated, intelligent women, to discuss their concerns and hear their current research results on many issues.

Today I gave my presentation and I have uploaded it to my channel on YouTube  if you would like to watch it.

In addition to my talk entitled “Empowering Mothers of Children with Special Needs,” we heard presentations on Grandmothers providing care for their grandchildren in Israel, The Divine Mommy group program originating in Sarasota, Florida, as well as issues concerning Caring For Others from Australia.  There was a report of a study on the impact of a mothers perspective on the child’s perspectives from New York State, and a paper concerning a fictional story of motherhood support from New Delhi, India.  We were told that as mothers, we can have our cake and eat it too, in a paper reporting that parental partnerships can support currently changing gender roles.  Exciting stuff.

I can’t wait to hear the other reports on the different papers and studies over the next two days.

Here is the biggest lesson that I learned today.  Sometimes I feel isolated, both because of the responsibilities I have in my life and as well as my own perceived separateness.  I realized this afternoon, that although I don’t want to do anything to change the responsibilities that I have, I can change a large portion of the isolation that I feel.

Today I was reminded that my perception is what I believe to be correct about a given situation or series of events.  Just because I perceive it to be a particular way, doesn’t mean that my view is correct.  I need to evaluate my opinions, my view, my perspective and then decide if it really is true.  Perspective can change, paradigm shifts are possible.

When I hear my self say to someone else that I wish my life was different in a particular way, or that I feel stuck in another situation, that line of thinking should ring out loud bells of warning to me.  I need to take note of what I am saying to others and evaluate it.

This will be a challenge for me, but I am excited to begin working on this.  Please let me know your thoughts.  I am going to keep a notebook and a pen available to notate situations and statements that come up for me.  What do you think will work best for 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.