Write Outline, Host Gala & Fly to Boston: To Do List for Friday

by Lian on June 22, 2012

Hi, all…

We received the sad news this week that my wonderful Uncle Harry had passed away suddenly. Uncle Harry was married to my Aunt Patty, my mom’s youngest sister. Aunt Patty and Uncle Harry and their 3 boys represented one-half of our “Boston Cousins.” My Aunt Virgina ( oldest sister) and her husband Uncle Dick and their kids lived right across the street from Aunt Patty and Uncle Harry. It made visiting our Boston Cousins very convenient and lots of fun. Two sisters+ two uncles+tons of cousins= good times.

Uncle Harry was a swimmer, a Yalie and an engineer.  We always met  in New Haven for a tailgate before the Holy Cross-Yale football game. He taught my brothers how to body surf on the Cape and carved Turkey #2 next to my Dad on Thanksgiving. At one point in the 70′s, electric carving knives were all the rage and my father and Uncle Harry carving the birds sounded like lumberjacks bring down an old growth forest.

I’m off to Boston for the funeral on Monday, representing the West Coast Dolan contingent. My sister Julie is flying to Boston from Dallas and taking care of our hotel and ground transportation, because that’s what Julie does. My brother Jim will be driving up from Connecticut and together we’ll celebrate our Uncle Harry’s life. It will still be fun to see out Boston Cousins ( because that’s how we roll, putting the “fun” in funeral.). But knowing, too, that an era is ending.

Also on my To Do List:

Turn in my outline: That’s what happens when you sign up for a writing class, you have deadlines. And I aim to keep them, regardless of the situation. So my outline for book 2 gets turned in on Sunday.

Host a Charity Gala: I will be the Mistress of Ceremonies at a wonderful gala to raise money for an organization that helps kids and families get on their feet. I’ll also be able to taste the handiwork of some star chefs because it’s a food and wine extravaganza.  Many thanks to my team pulling me together: Trina my hair stylist; Lani the make-up person who shellacks my face into place for 6 hours on stage; my friend Sally who lent me some smoking accessories and Jergens tanning solution, so I don’t have to wear panty hose.

Go on Vacation: The unexpected trip to Boston leads right into a (semi) planned vacation. I say semi-planned, because the situation with my parents made doing any long-term planning tough. But we will have some coverage here in Southern Cal, thanks to Julie and Monica, so my family and I are off to Oregon next week. I’m going to take a few weeks off the podcast, but I’ll be reposting some classics. Thanks for your patience. I’m hoping to get in a  recording this weekend to explain all.

Embracing my chaos,




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pat in o.c. June 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM

My condolences to your family on the loss of your Uncle. What a wonderful, loving family you grew up with. What a blessing.

CLSD OPEN June 23, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Thinking of you and your family as you rememer your Uncle Harry–such a year your family has had. Travel safe, enjoy some much-needed laughs with your cousins, and don’t pressure yourself about the podcasts, Lian – you know we’ll always be here, grateful for any/all you share with us. Be well, Chris

Mari @Bookworm with a View June 23, 2012 at 5:43 AM

I’m so sorry to hear about your uncle. Thinking of you and your family, you guys have had one tough year.

We are all here when your ready to record, don’t put that pressure on yourself. You know my motto… it has to be fun and realizing it’s okay to take a break is necessary at times.

Enjoy your family over the next few weeks!

Shibamom-MN June 22, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I am so sorry to hear about you uncle. Be safe and I will be waiting for your next podcast after vacation.
Love you and all your sisters

William J. June 22, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Safe travels to Uncle Harry to heaven, he travels not alone because the love of his family and friends travel with him.

Safe travels to Boston you travel nont alone as we all are thinking of you and your family in this time of grief.

Erin June 22, 2012 at 12:25 PM

May his memory be a blessing, Lian. Thinking of you and your family…

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