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Happy Feast of the Epiphany and Happy New Year!

January 8, 2017

This past year has been another interesting one.

I had Mohs surgery on my nose last December, with surgery to disconnect the skin graft from my forehead on the 15th of Jan., and spent most of January and February recovering.  My favorite weird memory from that time was scratching my nose and feeling it in my forehead (before the disconnection). Daver had his second kidney stone surgery on Jan. 12, but it went much better than the first one (November, 2015) and he has been feeling a bit better since.

My recovery from the hip surgery in June of 2015 was so good that I stopped using even a cane by the end of June, 2016. I was able to usher for The Humans at the Helen Hayes Theatre, from the end of January until the theatre closed for renovation at the end of July. Trinita was terrific, as usual, with the theme being the Door of Mercy we had a very good time.

I went to lots of job sites looking for work, and finally got an usher job at Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Spectacular, but that job ended on Jan. 2nd this year, so back to looking for work! I also got approved to work at a day care center, so have been able to do a few days at that job as well. I love the preschool kids, but they are energy absorbers in a big way and I am not as young as used to be! I continue doing Ellis Island Stories when we get bookings, and audition for other acting work as often as I can. The life of an actor is not simple, that’s for sure.

I added a new job with WorldStrides, in addition to Field Specialist (sort of a tour guide for groups), being an OSC, On Site Coordinator at our hotels, working with the groups of students and their chaperones, staying overnight at the hotel with them so as to communicate with the staff at the hotel for them. I got to visit Arlington, VA and DC for the training as well, though I work out of NYC. That work is mostly from February to June, so I am looking forward to doing it again this year. And there is a summer show with the Rockettes, so I am hoping to continue working at Radio City when they have shows.

Two of my nephews got married this year, and I was able to be there for both weddings, what a delight! I can still dance, amazing! Jacob and Holly got married on June 4 and Eric and Beth just got married on Dec. 30th – Jacob says having a family wedding every 6 months is great! Bart, my nephew is the only unmarried, but he is graduating from Kent State in May, perhaps that will do . . . As of August I have a new great niece, Aurora Sharon Drumm, I hope to get to see her and her big brother Michael Robert Drumm before he turns 4, as I haven’t seen him in person since he was 3 months old!

I continue reading to the kids at the local school with BookPALS, volunteering at VITA at the Actors’ Equity building, working for peace and justice with Pax Christi Metro New York and being good, doing good, being a power for good with the Missionary Cenacle Family in my role as assistant regional custodian of the MCA, the lay branch to which I belong. My parish is hosting the annual Peacemaking through the Arts program of PCMNY on January 29th from  2:30 to 4:30pm – that’s Most Holy Redeemer and Nativity Parish, 173 East 3rd Street, between Ave. A and B in Manhattan, so I hope to see you all there! We also have a talent show on Feb. 25th so come to that too, we always have fun.

 

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