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What brings you comfort?

Nick has had a hard few weeks. He experienced two tough days of seizures and then it took him about four days to recover. For the past week, he has been getting used to the new seizure med. He says, “I am much better.” We really hope so.

For dinner, we decided to give Nick his favorite comfort foods: A grilled cheese sandwich and two cookies. Then we watched a movie. It was an evening of no drama, no stress, with only a little worry in the back of Arden and my minds. It would be nice if we didn’t have any worry. We are working on that, but so far it doesn’t seem possible.

We all have our favorite past times. Doing the things that relax us, calm our spirit and recharge our batteries. Arden and I don’t always need the same things, I love to read or watch a movie, and Arden enjoys being outside on our property. Sometimes one of us is stressed while the other one feels fine. We know that it is important to be aware of how the other one is doing and then make space in the daily grind for each of us to find some comfort.

We have hobbies, enjoy visiting with friends, take a nap, cook a yummy meal. These are some of the things that give us a break and helps to make us feel a little more balanced.

I would love to know what brings you comfort. I find it an incredible blessing to hear the stories of others. You might have experienced just the thing that someone else needs to hear.

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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.