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At the Drama Desk holiday party with Sandi Durell, Rex Reed and Lillian Wolf. Also enjoyed parties hosted by publisher/agent Linda Langton and publicist Susan L. Schulman. It’s that time of year. Fun to spend time gathering with all of these talented people.


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Remembering My Father


Remembering the two buses and two subways my Dad would take me on to get to Shea Stadium hours before batting practice so I could catch site of my favorite Mets Tom Seaver and Bud Harrelson as they drove into the parking area.

Remembering attending Broadway plays and listening to and discussing the soundtracks of our favorites forever.

Remembering his unbelievably funny stories about bizarre things that happened to him, usually prefaced by, “This could only have happened to me…” The broken toilet at work, stepping on a baby and “It’s a man with a cane, Watson” were priceless.

Rolling on the floor quite literally overcome with laughter, while watching Get Smart together.

Playing volleyball at the pool. Thinking he was the smartest man alive when he predicted the outcome of the Prisoner TV series we adored watching together while shaking our heads in disbelief at my mother, who thought it was the most confusing, boring show she had ever seen.

Writing his own rendition of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” that still puts me in stitches and a series of jokes he wrote for me when a neighborhood mother had insulted me.

Reading books and discussing them. He was one of the most widely read persons I ever have known. Our favorite: all of the Sherlock Holmes.

He only said the words, “I love you” once that I recall. Two other times, he let me know, once by telling me the thoughts expressed in a Broadway song were his for me, and another by expressing how he felt when he learned I had been injured in a car accident.

He wasn’t an overly expressive guy, but he gave me the gifts of time, laughter and indulgence whenever he could.

Fathers are so important to helping us establish our self worth at an early age. Thankful mine took his job seriously despite the fact that he wasn’t much more than a kid himself when he had me. Much of who I am today is because of him.

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At the Ballet

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Enjoyed my firt trip to the Metropolitan Opera House to see an American Ballet Company production of Manon. The place is amazing, with its breathtaking chandeliers, gold leaf and two huge Chagals.

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me with Tracey Letts I attended Book Expo America in New York for the first time. What an experience. This certainly is the place to be if you have anything to do with books. Enjoyed meeting some authors (that’s me with Pulitzer-Prize winner Tracy Letts, above) and  Kathy Reichs, below left.

Tessa Afshar (below right) also was on hand with Advanced readers Copies of her new novel launching in July at the Mark Twain House in Hartford (they all were gone by noon of the first day…..)  If you look closely at the crowd shot in the center, below, you’ll see Hillary Clinton, who was on hand to promote her upcoming book.

It was an exhausting three days, but fun.

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Live These Words

Lucinda Secrest McDowell Launch

The Book Launch for Lucinda Secrest McDowe’lls devotional Live These Words was a big success, with about 100 people playing words games, enjoying refreshments and special music and having books signed.

If you didn’t get a chance to come to the Mark Twain House that night, but would like a copy, visit The WritePros.

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Join us for the next exciting Book Launch at the Mark Twain House and Museum on May 20. Lucinda Secrest McDowell will celebrate the release of “Live These Words: An Active Response to God” with a program beginning at 7 pm. A book signing will follow. To register, click here:

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Visit Lucinda’s blog to read endorsements for this 40-day devotional.




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Read the article “Holidays of Hope” here”


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