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What is today’s lesson?

Some days are hectic and some are relaxing.  Each one carries a potential lesson for us.  It is up to us to ponder, meditate and discover the lesson.  Some of life’s lessons are hard, others are easy.  Some lessons are learned through one experience, and others seem to take a lifetime.

Quite a few times I have found myself having the same experience, learning the same lesson.  It’s on those days that I am tempted to be harsh on myself.  Why can’t I figure it out the first, or second or even third time around.

Self criticism doesn’t help.  The key for me is to be open to change, be open to growth, be open to other ideas.  Relationships should come first.  They bring me lasting joy.

Failure is a part of learning.  Valuable lessons are learned when we don’t succeed.  I learned this very well growing up as a competitive ice skater.  Falling down is a part of daily practice.  My coaches said if I wasn’t falling down, I wasn’t trying to learn something new.  I was only doing things that I had already achieved success doing.

Applying this lesson about failure can be awkward and sometimes embarrassing, but I do know that it does take practice time to learn anything.  It has been said that it takes 10,000 hours to become proficient at any skill.

The days full of hard things and crisis have taught me that I am stronger than I thought.  I have more resilience than I would have believed.  Wisdom is gained by experience.

Roy T. Bennett in his book, ‘The Light of the Heart,’ said, “Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.”  Wise words to live by.

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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.