2014 Christmas Letter


Dear Friends & Family,


Tom finally turned 65, so now we both qualify for every senior discount on the planet.  What a hoot. Of course it does mean we have to remember to ask for it!


What was once “daily Mass, then volunteering in the Parish Center on Wednesdays” has now turned into something near a full time volunteer job for Tom.


Pain permitting, he gets to church every weekday  at 7 AM to lead the Divine Mercy chaplet, sets up for the 7:30 Mass where he either lectors, serves or distributes communion (sometimes all three).  This is followed by coffee before he begins trouble shooting in the Parish Center; working on the bulletin, maintaining the website, doing research, fielding calls, helping in most areas.  Frankly, they can’t afford his skill set, and his pain prevents him from being 100% dependable.  It’s a win-win situation.


Tom continues to facilitate ACPA chronic pain support groups.  It’s been uphill getting both locations and people to attend.  Chronic pain sufferers tend to be unreliable when their pain flares.  They may RSVP at 4 PM and fail to turn up 3 hours later.


About 4 months ago, Tom was asked to lead a weekly conference call chronic pain support group sponsored by the Senior Center Without Walls, a telephone community for California elders.


These have been very successful, so Tom hopes the ACPA will move in this direction.  People show up, participate and benefit from the sessions. 


My year kicked off with a wonderful comedy pilot which unfortunately did not sell.  It was such a peak experience for the cast; we have stayed in touch in the belief that it may just sell in the coming year. It’s that clever and that original.  Say a prayer, will you, please?


I did a couple of shorts; Greg LaVoi’s comedy SR JUDY & THE DELINQUENTS, and Shea Butler’s drama, THE WAYSTATION. 


Also did episodes of ANGER MANAGEMENT, MIKE & MOLLY and MARRY ME. 


Currently I have a CHEX MIX  airing, and will have an AUTO DIRECT INSURANCE  airing in January.  Right now, I’m waiting to hear about a commercial that has me on “hold.” 


My spare time was spent on a variety of projects: paramount was my involvement with Heifer International. This has been our number one charity for more than 10 years. I’ve had a variety of opportunities to volunteer & fundraise. If you want to learn how I got started with Heifer, click http://www.heifer.org/join-the-conversation/blog/2014/November/marianne-muellerleile-actress-supporter-and-volunteer.html  If you are interested in my current fundraising effort, please click  https://fundraise.heifer.org/mariannemuellerleile 

Lots of delicious together time this year. We attended two weddings: Mike & Julie’s here in LA, & Max & Drew’s in SF.  We saw several terrific art installations, about 14 plays/musicals, scores of feature films, the fabulous National Theater Live screenings, monthly card games, fundraisers, parties, Girls Group lunches, and endless other outings.  (MM saw Elton John Live, bucket list.)

And then there was July; we took our first month-long foreign trip: Belgium (Brugge canals & The Anointing of the Lamb, bucket list), Wissant, France, to visit dear friends, Anne France & Vincent, Chunnell (bucket list) to London, then to Alconbury RAF where Tom was stationed in the ‘70s. Visited dear friends, Mary, Norman & Rosemarie, then off to Cardiff, Wales for 9 days. We celebrated Tom’s 65th by attending the DR WHO EXPERIENCE. (bucket list), Then back to London to take a 12 day tour of England, Scotland & Wales. So many highlights but best among them was literally running into Danish friends Charlotte & Stig at Stonehenge (bucket list) , and dancing with my sister Cecilia (foreign travel with ea sib, bucket list) at The Cavern Club in Liverpool.


Tom got back to his Virginian home town for two weeks.  Family & friends feed his soul.


I got to Atlanta, to see pal Mary Pat wow audiences in STEEL MAGNOLIAS. My sisters Jeanne & Cecilia joined me there where our niece Christine hosted us for the weekend.


Three weeks later I made a surprise visit to St. Louis for 3 days. I was the surprise on top of a surprise party, as no one knew I was coming. Saw Jeanne again, brother-in-law Wayne, niece Allie, her friend Kel Vin (our birthday honoree) and then my sister Elaine, who nearly had a coronary when I walked through her door.  Great fun.


We only took on one major house project this year; the redesign of our backyard. This time we hired a professional and all we can say is WOW. We are so happy with Ralph Robinson Environmental Design, we are plugging his company in our Christmas Letter.


Merry Christmas and many blessings throughout the coming new year,



Marianne Muellerleile & Tom Norris



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