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Mary Crescenzo
Mary Crescenzo is an award-winning playwright, writer and poet in commercial and literary markets. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Playboy and numerous other publications. Mary is a jazz singer and part-time teaching artist for Lifetime Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging older adults in art. In her earlier creative life she worked as a broadcaster for WPLJ-FM and Clear Channel Communications and was an independent casting director for feature films and television for ABC TV, Disney Pictures, Warner Brothers, Paramount and Zoetrope, and for independent productions. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA. For more, visit

Entries by Mary Crescenzo

10 Reasons Why Women Don't Speak Out For Years After Being Sexually Abused by Famous Men

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 11:15 AM

I often think back to why I and others who have experienced the violation and trauma of sexual abuse, in any form, do not speak out sooner or later.

In the early eighties, in a state in the middle of North America, I experienced sexual harassment and assault while...

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Diary of a Beatlemaniac: 50 Years Later

(5) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 3:16 PM

Caution: The following contains love sick drool along with reflection on the Beatlemania phenomenon being celebrated this year. It contains transcriptions written with poor spelling, fair grammar, and terrible punctuation, written first-hand by a teenager {me} in a Beatle diary. It chronicles excerpts from eighteen months of my obsession at...

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For the Holidays: The Gift of Artistic Expression

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 3:30 PM

So you're still searching for the right gifts for your loved ones. It's days away from the big day and you are still stumped. You want to keep it local and everyone you know has everything they need. You've given your time and donations to the less fortunate. What else...

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9/11: The Alphabet of the Dead - Reading of the Names

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 9:18 AM

A Meditation Poem Written on the First Anniversary, 2002, September 11

And the wind rose to kiss their lips and the dust rose and whirled around them and touched their shoulders and brushed their cheeks. And the wind swirled to stroke their foreheads and wipe their tears.

And they walked...

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Artist Arnold Mesches: Nine Decades, A Life in Progress

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 7:12 PM


Arnold Mesches, turning 90 years old this month, is still doing the same thing he was doing nearly 70 years ago: making art. This is the common thread Mesches carries that binds him to the canvas of his long life. Although his work has...

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To Dye Or Not to Dye? Becoming A White-Haired Woman

(166) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 6:46 AM

I've made the transition. More and more baby boomers and others are doing it, too. We're letting it all hang out on our heads, from pure white to gritty gray, from Richard Gere to Mo Rocca, from Emmylou Harris to Judy Dench. There is a beauty to naked hair. Yet...

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Ending the Life of a Pet

(14) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 5:07 PM

I shall spend this day sitting, reading, typing, and hugging my dog, whose last day will be today. She rests in the sun at the end of the bed when I'm not hugging her or by her side. I am typing and reading with my foot resting on her front...

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How to Be Your Own Consumer Advocate in Pursuit of Products and Services Promised, Speak to the Supervisor, and Still Be Nice

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 11:48 AM

Have you ever gotten nowhere over the phone with a manager, consumer relations person, or an automated help-line and just given up? When you get the urge to hang up and accept defeat when trying to find out why the product you bought has not arrived or is defective, why...

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What Would Historian Daniel Boorstin Say About Christmas Today?

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 5:34 PM

When my family and friends gather each year for this holiday season, we promise to keep our phones off and in our pockets and purses during our time together. When it's time for our ritual to give thanks for what we have, I take out the book The Americans by...

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Am I the Only One With Questions on the Contradictions and Implications of Legal Marijuana?

(104) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 6:16 PM

I have lots of questions about new state laws regarding weed. With U.S. nonsmoking laws among the most restrictive in the world, I can't help but wonder if recreational marijuana smokers in Washington and Colorado will regard smoking marijuana as an exception to our nonsmoking rules. In these two states,...

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