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“We not forget our roots!”

Recently while visiting with some friends in Ireland, we were talking about celebrities and how it seems easy for some people to get caught up in their own reputations and then be carried away by their fame.  This can also happen when people become highly successful in their career, volunteer work, or other accomplishments.  From the other room, we heard Nick clearly proclaim, “We not forget our roots!”  I have often wondered how much he understands about celebrity but he really surprised me when he jumped into the conversation about not forgetting our roots.  We hadn’t even used that phrase.

It does appear that some people lose that connection with where they came from and forget about the people that were their friends before they were famous.  Even though it might look like it, people typically are not overnight successes.  It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to rise to the top in any field. It is heartwarming to hear when entertainers and athletes have been generous with those people who supported them in their climb up the ladder.

I am not sure exactly what Nick meant by his pronouncement.  I do assume based on the context of the conversation that he recognizes what is important and understands a little bit how fleeting fame can be.  Recently, Nick has received a bit of notoriety since the release of my book, “Our Time To Dance, A Mother’s Journey To Joy.”  He has asked me to make sure that some of our close friends have gotten a copy of the book and he has loved signing them.  He has just taken all of this in stride.  He has no false pride and shows his genuine feelings for others whether he has just met them or has known them all of his life.

Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of death my great-grandfather, Big Paddy “Newman” Doherty.  I mentioned on Facebook that he had an amazing legacy all over the globe.  The historical novel I published in 2011, “A Cottage in Donegal, Mary Doherty’s story” is based on his family life.  A friend said, “Interesting, what is he known for?” I said that he lived an ordinary Donegal farmers life, and his legacy is his incredible posterity.  It is a great heritage.

Nick will continue to be Nick and he is right, remembering our roots is central to being balanced in life.  We not forget them.

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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.