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How I Learned to Live in the Moment

Mom came home from rehab on Saturday.

On Sunday, we spent the day sitting on the deck, drinking coffee, reading, listening to classical music, and savoring the beautiful Colorado weather.

What we were really celebrating, of course, was that Mom was home after a month long stay in the hospital and then a rehab facility after she was diagnosed with a subderal hematoma.





As we sat, doing these normal things, like drinking coffee, I realized what it means to live in the moment. Yesterday was the best day I've had in a very long time. It was made more special because I allowed myself to truly enjoy it...I lived right there in the moment. 
I didn't think about the future, the past, what will happen with Mom's health or my fledgling writing career. Which is what I usually do...most nights I wake myself up at 2am or 5am worrying about both real problem and imagined catastrophes.
I am the personification of Eyeore.
But, on Sunday I allowed myself to think no further than the moment…

It's Been a Rough Week: Let's Share Some Love

Martin Richard will forever remain in our hearts.

I wonder if the men who did this ever stopped to consider the terrible toll their actions would have on the lives they took and the families left behind.  
We know that they will soon feel the full weight of justice.
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We know that God comforts the brokenhearted.
I pray an outpouring of God's Love will surround every family dealing with the aftermath of this act of terror. 
Love has always triumphed over evil. It will again today. 





Our hearts also go out to the families hurt by the unspeakable destruction in West, Texas.
Just as in Boston, we watched First Responders rush in, while fires still raged.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to those brave men and women who risk everything to save others.







It's been a rough couple of weeks here at home, as well.
Mom went into the hospital on March 31st with a subderal hematoma. 
On April 7th, she was transferred to a rehab facility to recover and receive therapy.
I'm happy to report…

The Evolution of a Book Cover Design - Playing with Placement and Tint

We begin here....


Then move the title to top.


Or we can move the name to the top.


Then we can deepen the tint



And switch the placement of name and title again.
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I can spend hours doing this. 
And I haven't even completely decided if this is the cover illustration I'm going to use.
I'm not sure if this qualifies as obsessive compulsive behavior, but it's close.


UPDATED WITH NEW CHOICES! Mrs. Tuesday's New Cover - Which is Your Favorite?

Here's the Current Mrs. Tuesday Cover
I still haven't settled on a new cover.
So, today I came up with these.
Which one do you like best?
UPDATED: HERE'S SOME NEW CHOICES:

NEW 1

NEW 2

NEW 3

NEW 4
NEW 5


AND HERE ARE THE ORIGINAL CHOICES:

COVER 1




COVER 2


COVER 3

COVER 4

COVER5


COVER 6





COVER 7



COVER 8<

Mrs. Tuesday's Book Cover Facelift

This is the current cover for Mrs. Tuesday's Departure.
Yes, I'm going change it again.
I change book covers the way some re-arrange furniture in the living room.
For the same reason, actually.
It just feels wonderful to use a cover design to bring-out a new aspect of the story.
Here's a synopsis of the story and the new cover candidates follow...
A heart-wrenching historical novel spanning fifty-years, two continents, and a an imagined story that holds the power to create a safe future for a young girl. This page-turning family
saga soars to a breathtaking ending that redefines the meaning of love. 


When Natalie and Anna, sisters and life-long rivals, hide an abandoned child from the Nazis,
their struggle re-opens a star-crossed love triangle, threatening their safety and testing the bonds of their loyalty.

Hungary's fragile alliance with Germany insured that Natalie, a best selling children's book author, and her family would be safe as World War Two raged through Eu…