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Although I write … or usually can write when I’m not as depleted as I’ve been lately … any other artistic skills escape me. My oldest daughter is a wonderful artist, as is my youngest son, and my older son is a musician, but I live within the limitations of words.

This being a rainy day in Seychelles and me doing what I can to keep the kids busy, happy and living with a semblance of normal life, we needed a project for this dreary Sunday. With some donations of scraps and bits from my dear friend, Andrew, we made sock puppets; then Sam put on puppet shows for Cj and me.

Good thing the kids aren’t too picky about perfection in puppets, as my design and application leave a lot to be desired. Working together helped, even though I now have about 3 dozen tiny holes in my fingers.

It’s so good that some things still bring such a big smile with them.

Sam and Cj with their puppets

Sam and Cj with their puppets


Up close and personal

Up close and personal


Backstage at the puppet show

Backstage at the puppet show

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I was prepared for this … sort of … a black hole drawing me in once the few weeks of busy prep and positive attention for the book launch was over, but like so much these days, it’s worse than expected.

I’m back to tears and constant shaking, and it takes all the juice I have to keep the kids on what level ground I can create for them. Loneliness is eating me alive, and sadness has me for dessert.

I know I need to find something to focus on, a couple of bootstraps to pull myself up by, but right now I just don’t have it in me. I’m hoping something changes once my birthday/anniversary-of-falling-in-love-with-Mark, is behind me, as it looms with all the power of 15 years of memories and a future of dashed hope.

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As promised, here are a few photos from the launch party. You can see how involved the kids were in the event by the fact that they are in the press shots like the one where I’m giving a book to the Minister of Education.

Sam signed every book I did and would say “Next!” when he’d finished one. Cracked me up! Cj sprinkled fairy dust in each copy for that extra touch of magic!

It was a good evening, but the bittersweetness of it all hit me hard.

I do hope to have a link set up here soon so the book can be purchased online.

With Minister of Education

With Minister of Education

Signing for the TV camera

Signing for the TV camera

Sam signs one of his illustrations

Sam signs one of his illustrations

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The banner went up last week to prompt sales of my book. It just happens to hang at an intersection Mark has to drive by at least 4 times a day.

Photos from the book launch party Friday evening will be posted soon. It was a wonderful event, and I’m hanging on to the boost it gave me for as long as possible. Of course, the kids were the true stars, but I did get some lovely comments … and sold books!

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AWOL

Sorry about the lack of posts lately, but for some reason all the excitement that should be happening with the book about to launch Friday is wrapped in a black cloud of sadness and I’m left with so little energy that all I have goes into keeping the kids on what level ground I can find.

This time was supposed to be so very different.

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