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Tonight I feel bad.

Tonight I am feeling bad.  Nick fell today while I was at home alone with him and hurt his other ankle.  I keep thinking that if I could have been more aware or more prepared or more firm or more …. (fill in the blank) that I could have prevented this from happening.  

Remember that it was 2 1/2 months ago that he fell and broke his right ankle, well today I was trying to stop him from walking on a new floor that wasn’t ready to walk on and he wanted to walk on it.  He lost his balance while I was blocking him from going into the room and he was pushing against me.  He fell over backwards and now his left ankle is a bit swollen and he is limping on it.  

I keep reminding myself that he weighs a lot and is stubborn.  Often, it is like trying to move a freight train rumbling down the track when he wants to do something and I need him to do something else.  Even with all of those rational thoughts rolling around in my brain, I still feel bad.  

Having children is a big responsibility.  It is a 24/7 job.  Being responsible for your child for over 37 years is daunting.  Some days I feel like I am successful and other days …  Well, let’s just say that other days, I don’t feel as successful.  

Arden says that I need to be honest about the times that are tough as well as celebrate the things that are amazing.  Tonight is one of those tough times.  

I know that everyone has times that are difficult to deal with and times when we wish we had handled things differently.  I am grateful for friends who listen to me and hug me and tell me that everything will be ok, eventually.  

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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.