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Where is the sun going?

Looking at the world through Nick’s eyes is interesting.  I am often surprised at what he does know and also what he doesn’t.  This evening while watching the sunset at the beach, Nick turned to me and asked, “Where is the sun going? Will it come back?”

Nick is 38 years old and although we don’t always see the sun in the Seattle area every day, he has experienced daylight and nighttime, everyday for over 38 years.  That is a lot of days, and yet he was wondering if the sun was coming back when it left tonight.

Parenting can be difficult at times.  In that moment I wondered if I should explain the concept to him, that the earth rotates around the sun and when the earth had rotated around we would be facing the sun again and it would be morning.  Or did he just need reassurance that the sun would come up tomorrow?   I also thought that maybe he was trying to figure out why the sun was going down just after dinner, when at home it stays light until past bedtime this time of year.

He didn’t articulate his concerns beyond asking if it would come back and when I said yes, that the sun would be up before he was, he seemed satisfied.  I hope that I gave him the answer that he needed.

As a mom, I love my kids.  I try to teach and comfort them as best that I can.  It certainly has been trial and error over the years, but with my other kids, I pretty much know what to expect.  With Nick, I never know what will happen.  He surprises me all the time in many different ways.

Happy Mothers day everyone!  I am grateful to be continually learning how to be a better Mom, Nick keeps teaching me.

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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.