Just Stay Home for Heifer International

Every April I raise funds for Heifer International as I am committed to their mission to end hunger and poverty while protecting the earth.

This year I am specifically raising funds for their Armenian Match which means  every $1 raised  will be matched by $6 from the World Bank & the Armenian government.

Will you go to my “Just Stay Home Fundraiser” page and make a donation today? http://teamheifer.heifer.org/teamheifer_mariannemuellerleile

Or, you can mail a check, endorsed to Heifer International, to: Mulberry Productions, Inc., PO Box 151551, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Thank you so much!

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December Christmas Letter 2013

Merry Christmas, Dear Loved Ones,

Thank you for all your prayers, thoughts, phone calls, IM’s, Facebook messages, letters and notes over the past fantastic year!  It has been great to hear from so many friends! As many of you know, this seems to have been yet another year spent planning and then trying to implement those plans - just like every year, but more intense.

The first 6 months where devoted to planning the final details of the Keaney Clan Global Reunion, which took place in Boston, MA at the end of June.  We had 156 from around the world - and we all were very pleased with the entire shindig!

Of course we got to slowly slide into the reunion by being part of the fabulous four-day wedding celebration of Dan Fehlig & Ian Humphrey, in mid June. Followed by a (MM bucket list) 4 day stay in fabulous Newport, RI.

Another bucket list item was removed when our 6 card playing pals joined us in an overnight in Palm Springs to see the Fabulous Follies.  “Yowsa” -  we had us some fun!

In May I was in St. Louis for my niece Allie’s graduation from a doctorate program in PT. I was back in St. Louis again in Oct for my 50th grade school reunion and again,  2 weeks later, to present my sister Cecilia with the St. Jane de Chantal Award from our high school.

Tom took a month’s solo vacation to Virginia in October, seeing family & friends; I took the opportunity to start decorating for Christmas. I’m so proud of the final effort (guided by friend Tim); I feel like enclosing house photos instead of ours.

All my siblings and niece Celia came for our big Christmas Open House, but mainly to celebrate a milestone birthday for Jeanne.  I spent about 3 months researching, writing and editing a book on our Dad, as her gift from the sibs. Tom saved the day by formatting and printing the 130 page effort - six copies, CDs for each, filmed the opening of the gift, the hours of Dad stories & took 250 stills.  

My turning 65 didn’t just mean Medicare, but suddenly I had a whole lot of pension and health insurance decisions to make.  Some of that is still pending.

Tom has continued his chronic pain support groups.  It is beginning to morph into more one -on-ones, and phone support. He is also back to daily Mass and devoting Wednesday as a volunteer at the Parish Center.  Honestly they couldn’t afford his skill set, so it’s a win-win for all.

Family and friends helped us celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary in May as they witnessed the renewing of our vows at a home Mass officiated by the cherished, Michael V. Tueth, S.J.   

We went through 128 days of plumbing hell - too long a story to tell, much less live through - and managed to finally put a fireplace in our master bedroom.  That’s been on the house reno list for more than 20 years!

This is my 40th year in show biz and work continues. Sitcoms: Maron, Mike & Molly, The Millers & Instant Mom. Features: How to Make Love Like an Englishman & Damn Foreigners, Webisode pilot: On the Market, Commercial: Webers BBQ Sauce. Shooting a pilot in  2014 called The Rich & the Ruthless, a send-up of daytime soaps.

The only other major news is that Tom has decided to let his hair grow. My sister commented that he is beginning to look like a Muellerleile.  We don’t know if that is a complement or not.

Many blessings,

Marianne & Tom

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Just Stay Home Fundraiser door prize winners!

Congratualtions to the door prize winners at my JUST STAY HOME FUNDRASIER to benefit Heifer Internatioonal:

Barbara Pettiti

Beth Correll

Fred & Patricia Kuri

Gayle Keaney

Jeanne Muellerleile

Jim O'Heir

Kathie Adams

Mary Pat Gleason

Patrika Darbo

Steve Ferrarese


We raised $13,254.50 plus a $5000 pledge coming in June!

This is our best year ever!!

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Just Stay Home Fundraiser

Every April I raise funds for Heifer International as I am committed to their mission to end hunger and poverty while protecting the earth.

This year I am specifically raising funds for their Armenian Match which means  every $1 raised  will be matched by $6 from the World Bank & the Armenian government.

Will you go to my “Just Stay Home Fundraiser” page and make a donation today? http://teamheifer.heifer.org/teamheifer_mariannemuellerleile

Thank you so much!

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Christmas 2012

Dear Loved Ones,

We’ve had a rather delightful year.

With Tom now in his third year of receiving epidurals and acupuncture to help maintain pain control, we ventured into the world of foreign travel via a planned tour. The big questions were: how will Tom manage, how much can he actually do, and would that be enough?

We chose a 16 days trip to Spain, Portugal & Morocco and it turned out beautifully.  The hand-picked tour-goers, many of them close friends of each other, were fabulous, and very welcoming of us and Tom’s wheelchair. When the group went off on the almost daily 90 minute walking tour Tom went to bed and rested up for the evening. His final assessment, “Let’s do this again.”  And so we shall.

The rest of the year was peppered with short trips to Carlsbad, Cambria, Santa Barbara and Big Bear, CA. I went to St. Louis twice: a sisters’ road trip to Branson (a complete hoot) and my alma mater honoring me (27 family & friends attending, many of them SLU grads too). We took four pals with us to  NM for the Balloon Fiesta (my Bucket List, ?), Tom went to Virginia for three weeks to see family and friends, and our final trip this year will be San Francisco for Christmas and New Year’s.

Tom has stayed the course in trying to develop chronic pain support groups under the aegis of the American Chronic Pain Association.  This has been a daunting task, rife with inherent problems and obstacles.  He now had two groups and is working on a third.

He continues with his genealogy research, thanks to Ancestry.com and some interested relatives.  He has also tutored grade-schoolers in an after-school program in the inner city.

As for me, I’ve kept busy with work: Adam Sandler’s THAT’S MY BOY, PARENTHOOD, THE MENTALIST, a national commercial for GE and THE UNTITLED NINA SIMONE PROJECT.

November/December has been devoted to cataract surgery.  I’ve been either pre-op or post-op for nearly 6 weeks now and it should continue for about a year as I do daily eye exercises in the hopes of getting my new Crystalens to give me perfect “near” vision.  The distance & intermediate vision is already greatly improved.

My spare time has been devoted to the planning of the Keaney Clan Global Reunion in Boston, slated for June 2013. However, my main philanthropic passion remains Heifer International (I sit on their LA Leadership Council).  I’ve had many opportunities to support their work, either by fund raising, speaking engagements or volunteering at their events. I am especially involved in their effort to raise 3.7 million for an Armenian initiative with the World Bank and the Armenian government.  If you’d like to learn more, please go to my Personal Page at http://teamheifer.heifer.org/MarianneMuellerleile

Merry Christmas and many blessings throughout the coming new year,

 

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