A MESSAGE FROM MELISSA AND BRUCE - 26th January 2006
My, my it has been a long time since we have written to update you about all the goings on here at Casa Boxleitner!
Well, I am happy to report that all is well. All is fantastic, in fact. The boys are all growing in so many ways and Bruce and I are better than ever.
Sam is teaching music and has just done his first demo which Bruce and I think is pretty brilliant. In fact, I am going to find a way to make it downloadable from this site...with our webmistress' help and permission, of course.
Lee started film school this month and is thriving. We have known how talented he is for quite some time now and we are thrilled that he is in an environment where his immense talents are being nurtured.
Dakota got his first car this Christmas (my old car, I got a new one...hooray!). He also did his first play this year and it looks like we have another actor on our hands.
Michael is growing like a weed. He is doing so well in school and has a real aptitude for math and science. Though he also adores music and wants to take up the saxophone!
The holidays were wonderful. We stayed home as it was our first Christmas in our beautiful new home. Bruce, ever the romantic, surprised me by resetting my engagement ring and giving me a new wedding band. I'll tell you, this marriage just gets better and better. Here we are, together for thirteen years and each day is a new adventure.
Bruce's favorite gift this year? A new pair of Ugg slippers from Michael!
As for work, there are a lot of exciting developments. Bruce's Hallmark movie "Falling in Love With the Girl Next-door" airs on February 4th and he just finished a "Mystery Woman" movie for Hallmark called "Wild West Murder". Yes, folks, he's back on a horse playing a washed up cowboy star. He had a blast shooting and we are really excited to see it. Now we are reading pilots for new series and, fingers crossed, one of us will get one.
In the meantime, I have partnered up with a friend of mine and started a gift basket business. You can find us at www.ggandcompany.com . A word of caution though, our site only has photos of our holiday baskets. But we expect to have photos of our entire catalogue up by mid February.
As you can see by the homepage on this site, I have gotten involved with the Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition. This is an extraordinary organization. Our goal is to guarantee that children who are terminally ill get the chance to die with dignity and peace in a loving environment. You can even purchase bracelets created in memory of two children who were very special to us and who have passed away. The proceeds will go directly to CHPCC. I actually gave one of the bracelets to my friend Johnny Depp and he wears it all the time. You can read more about Johnny and the bracelets at www.childrenshospice.org .
As 2006 begins, Bruce and I want to thank all of you for your loyalty and support over the years. One of the great honors of our lives has been bringing entertainment to you and your families.
We want to extend special thanks to Jayne, our webmistress, for her hard work and her patience with us. We also want to send a special thank you to our friend Kathy Bartels who continues to do a yeoman's job of handling our fan clubs and fan mail. She's such a dynamo!!
Finally, I would like you all to do me a personal favor. I just got word that a friend of mine from childhood, Chris Penn, has passed away. Please say a prayer for Chris' mother Eileen and his brothers Sean and Michael. I am sure they are having a very hard time right now. Chris was a great guy. Loving, kind, funny and talented. He will be missed by all of us.
We hope this new year brings you all health, happiness and peace.
Cheers, Melissa......and Bruce too!
(January 24th 2001)
Wow, is it ever nice to have a little time off for a change. I was working a lot last year. Did a lot of traveling? First Montreal for "Life in the Balance" then Lithuania for "Perilous" then back home for "Contagion." I finished that one just a few days before Christmas. What a great Christmas it was too. All of us together. Well, as usual, I have no idea when or where any of these projects are going to be on. But, as soon as I know, you'll know. My next book "Frontier Earth: Searcher" will be available as of this month so check it out. Well, that's pretty much all the news I have, I'm just going to be here hanging out with my family and working on book three. Hope this message finds you all in great health and spirits.
(August 2nd 2001)
I don't have a heck of a lot to report this August. It's been really busy around here lately. I just finished a movie in Kansas City called "Silence"(had a great time with the K.C.Posse) and I've been doing a few books on tape. I made a few personal appearances the last month and I've got to say how great it is to see all of my fans....no...friends. I'm always so flattered that you would take the time just to come say "Hi." I still don't have word on when some of the films I've done will be coming out. But, thanks to Boots Breza, I found out that "Perilous" is playing now on SkyTV in the U.K.I'll let you know when I hear more.
(Note to Boots: Thank you! You do a better job of keeping me informed than my agent or manager does!)
I guess that's about it for now.
I hope that you are having a great summer...
Oh, and remember, if you know anyone who is a member of SAG, tell them to
vote for my wife!
(Sept 15th 2001)
Bruce and I want all of you to know that we are fine and all of our friends and loved ones in New York and Washington, DC are safe and accounted for.
Like the rest of you, this has been a difficult time for us. We are in deep grief. We are angry. We are frightened. In a word, we are struggling. Struggling with so many emotions. Struggling with our need to help when there is not a lot we can do. Struggling to let our children know what has happened and yet not make them afraid of what may happen next.
However, we have both felt such boundless pride. When Americans come together to support each other, there is no stronger power in the world.
We have watched the rescue workers, the doctors, nurses, volunteers who have worked so tirelessly and we are proud. The women who are making little boots for the search dogs. The lines that stretch for blocks at the blood banks all over this country. The resolve, compassion and strength of our leaders not just here, but all over the world. We feel such pride and such comfort in knowing that humanity, love, compassion, faith, courage and tolerance flow in the hearts of people around the world. More than evil, more than anger, more than bigotry and hatred.
As we watched the service at The National Cathedral, I heard the words,"Love can conquer hate." It is such a simple concept and yet so true. It is what will save us. it is what makes us continue on in our lives. Love is what truly feeds our souls.
We would like to send our deepest condolences to any of you who have lost loved ones or friends in this horrific attack. We pray daily that you find comfort and peace and that, for just one moment a day, your pain is eased.
We send our blessings and deep gratitude to the countless volunteers who are searching, healing and helping.
We pray that our leaders find the strength, courage and conviction to make the difficult decisions that are ahead of them.
Finally, we pray for all people, all over the world during what may be some dark days ahead.
Be well and safe,
The Boxleitner Family