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Photographer/cancer survivor Monica Baer and singer Debra Lynn Alt celebrate their new book at R. J. Julia

Every now and then, a book comes along that just reaches out and changes the way you see your life.

That’s exactly what happened when two Connecticut women–photographer Monica Baer and writer, singer/songwriter Debra Lynn Alt–collaborated on “Each Moment We’re Alive,” a photographic and musical journey.

They’ve created a touching book that leaves you with a greater appreciation for each moment, and does it in a way that is simply beautiful.

The book is made even more poignant when you know that Monica Baer continues her battle with metastatic stage 4 breast cancer. Yet the message of the captions she wrote underneath each of her vibrant photos is one of appreciation for the beauty of each moment and of the celebration she feels for having seen and lived and captured each moment.

The lyrics that Debra Lynn Alt wrote give words to all of us who drown out the sounds of our lives and fill our time with crazy pursuits. Debra gives melodic dialogue to not just the person empathizing or sympathizing with battling cancer, but for us all.

Now Monica and Debra will come to R. J. Julia Booksellers, to share their message and their songs and the exquisite photographs. They’ll be there at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 25. The event is free, but you need to call for reservations, at (203) 245-3959.

Monica Baer and Debra Alt

Monica Baer has, since 2005, pursued her interests and talents in wildlife photography. Her images have been published in Globe Pequot’s Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks, Moose Peterson’s BT Journal, as well as many others. A former president of the Milford CT Camera Club and current member of The Connecticut Association of Photographers, she competes and is featured in numerous expos, art shows, and photography competitions. Monica lives in North Branford, CT with her husband and cat, and is the proud mother of a daughter, Lindsay.

Debra Lynn Alt is a singer-songwriter originally from New York City and has been in a variety of music bands, most notably the Rolling Stone Magazine house band in 1979. Her songwriting has been called “cause and just-because music,” as she has produced songs for such causes as Autism Awareness, MADD, and Habitat for Humanity. Debra lives in Lyme, CT with her husband and daughter.

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