Second homeowners compose Irish wit book |

Second homeowners compose Irish wit book

Laura Prendergast Gordon owns a second home in Breckenridge, and that’s where she and her cousin, Patricia Connorton Kagerer, decided to channel their grief over each one’s parent, who died within six months of each other in 2007, into a book called “Irish Wisdom for Women.””While sitting in the living room near the fire sharing a pot of tea after skiing (in 2009), we started to reminisce about the wonderful relationship we enjoyed with our parents and how much we missed them,” Gordon said. “One story led to another, and the idea for the book was born.”They both share a deep appreciation for the impact strong women had in their lives, especially their grandmother and Kagerer’s mom. As they brainstormed, they realized “each woman has her own definition of a successful and happy life, and, most importantly, there are many, many amazing women who have wonderful stories to tell,” she said, adding that they also recognized much of the strength they admired is rooted in their Irish heritage.The pair began interviewing women from around the world, including mystery writer Mary Higgins Clark, screenwriter Kerry Williamson, QVC host Jane Tracey, and philanthropist and playwright Marianne McDonald. All of their connections were made through the Internet or word-of-mouth. For instance, they tracked down Clark through her agent and “were stunned when we received a gracious response that not only informed us that Ms. Clark was agreeing to be interviewed but that she was inviting us to her home,” Gordon said. Clark’s words of wisdom: “Love what you do, and do what you love.”Through their interviews, the authors noticed a common trait, which is something they cherished in their own Irish relatives: a passion for family, a love of the Irish heritage, and a strength of will that provides character and determination when faced with adversity or challenges, Gordon said. And even if readers aren’t Irish, the cousins believe their book will have a wide appeal.”We believe that everyone enjoys hearing about, sharing and reflecting over positive and uplifting messages about life,” Gordon said. “We also know that everyone faces challenges and adversity at some point in his or her life. Sometimes we can benefit from reading about other people who have lived through problems, dealt with challenges or overcome difficulties.”Gordon and Kagerer are working with professionals who are providing guidance on how to publish their book, and they’re open to self-publishing and e-books. They’re spending time in Breckenridge putting the final touches on their manuscript. For more information, visit

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