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What does Freedom feel like?

You might not know it, but today was National Wheelchair day.  What do you think of when you see someone in a wheelchair?  Does it cross your mind to think of the freedom that chair gives the person?

I am very grateful to whoever it was that invented the wheelchair.  It has made our life so much easier and has given our son Nick the freedom to do otherwise impossible things.  We have taken his chair with us to Europe many times, and across the US on road trips.  It has been an incredible asset when he has needed it.

For the past 4 weeks since he broke his ankle he has spent the majority of his waking hours in a wheelchair.  For some people this is their permanent situation, for Nick it has been a temporary condition.

I admit that it has clipped his wings a little bit.  If someone had stairs going into their home, it was not very easy for Nick to visit.  We avoided going places over this past month because it was more difficult.  After trying to pull his up into our house for a couple of days, we realized that we had to make a ramp to get up our two stairs on our porch.

Ironically today was the first day that he had permission to walk while using his air cast.  So on National Wheelchair day, Nick was able to leave his wheelchair in the trunk of the car and walk into Starbucks for his treat.  Of course we still had to assist him as usual, but I could tell by the spring in his step, that he was grateful for the freedom to walk.

I remarked to Arden this evening that prior to this past month, I sometimes felt frustrated at the time and effort it took to help Nick walk from the car to the house, and throughout the house, etc.  After our recent experience of needing to use the wheelchair to move Nick around, today felt like freedom to me also.

It is funny how your perspective can shift so quickly.  So I am celebrating, Happy National Wheelchair Day!  Freedom is a wonderful thing.

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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.