My last day in Florida was yet another fun-filled day. I started out early in the morning by heading over to the Boca JCC where I received a warm and wonderful welcome by Stephanie Owitz, the Assistant Director of Art, Culture & Learning for the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center. Stephanie is terrific and I hope to see her the next time I return to Boca (which I pray will be soon!).
The turnout at the Boca JCC was wonderful with lots of old and dear friends showing up to hear my talk. My dear friend, David Fink, showed up with his wonderful girlfriend, Pearl. Jodie Knofsky’s dear mother Joyce showed up with a group of her Mah Jongg-playing friends. Deborah Korash, another dear friend from Detroit (and Camp Walden!) days showed up with her Mah Jongg group. There were almost as many friends there to support me as there were people who were just interested in hearing my talk and buying my book. It was so very special for me to catch up with all of these friends from my past and to meet many new people as well.
David’s sister Linda, who I will get to see in November when I speak at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, is a genius at needlepointing beautiful Mah Jongg bags which are just the right size to hold a NMJL card and lots of coins. Pearl brought the bag that Linda had needlepointed for her:
Linda mentioned that she has been thinking about selling these beautiful personalized bags. Let me know if anyone is interested and I will see if Linda is willing to do one for you (or for you to give as a fabulous gift for a Mah Jongg-playing friend!).
Here are a few more of the fabulous bags that Linda has made:
After my talk and book signing, I headed over to meet my friends Lowell and Jay Van Vechten for lunch at a fabulous French bistro, Casimir, at Royal Palm Place in Boca. We had a delicious lunch and a chance to catch up on old times. Then it was back to the apartment, pack up, and head to the Ft, Lauderdale airport where I sat for about 5 hours hoping that my flight might actually take off for the frozen tundra of New York. Part of me was definitely hoping that the flight would be cancelled and I could spend more time in sunny Florida but, in the final analysis, although it took seemingly forever, it was so good to be home and get a big kiss from Lizzie!