AUTHOR | SPEAKER | PHILOSOPHER | DESIGNER
Jacquie—notice the gardenia. Thank you for my vine of gardenias that led to a weeklong gardenia retreat.
Our wedding reception in my apartment on East 63rd Street in NYC. Notice the lily-of-the-valley bouquet.
Alexandra, Brooke and I carried lily-of-the-valley at Peter's and my wedding. This photo is from the book Paris in Bloom (see below).
This bell-shaped white flower brings me the purest sensual delight. These photos are also from Paris in Bloom.
Thank you, Lynne, for your gift of these notecards by Georgianna Lane. I'm taking time to smell the delicate, exquisite roses.
A pink rose from Paris in Bloom, by Georgianna Lane.
My dear friend John took this photo of me when I bumped into him in the village last month.
Oh happy wedding day memories, Candice! I love you!
Keep reading for the story of the colorful rings on my finger.
Diana sent me this sunset photograph from her island off the northwest coast of Washington State.
Oxford’s Words We're Now Familiar With
Pandemic Coronavirus Surge Unprecedented Social justice Social distancing Flatten the curve Lockdown Stay-at-home Remote In-person
Your words are uplifting, honest, dynamic, revealing, fun, funny, tender, loving, kind, beautiful and true. I want others to experience the words you so graciously and generously shared with me. Collectively, we can encourage each other to remember their brilliance and remain true to their words. As we awaken and become wiser, our words will change. These words are for now, for real, for you.
Your words, my friends, have reconnected us in the most meaningful ways. I love your stories of when and where we met, some of us going back forty-six years to when my first book was published. Style for Living: How to Make Where You Live You is dear to my heart now because what I thought and wrote about almost fifty years ago is what I’m feeling most deeply today.
Each of us has to find our own voice, sing our own songs and dance to our own words and tunes. Thank you for sharing yourselves so openly and freely. I love that we’re here to support each other in so many significant ways. Your loving-kindness has proved to help others more than you can possibly imagine. Onward and upward as you keep moving forward, one beautiful step at a time, one healthy breath at a time.
Ten (Or So) Defining Words from You During the Pandemic
Faith Believe Joy Hope Nature Writing Books Photography Create Color
Food Family Friends Quiet Bichon Beauty Flowers Pool Discovery Romantic
In another note with three macarons “for you,” Marla sent me several different words:
French Kindness Gather Color Theatre/Music
Beauty Simplicity A child’s smile A kind word Nature Walks Grandchildren Sky Clouds God’s love
Friend Optimistic Creative Persistent Collaborative Spiritual Adventurous Supportive Loving Gardener Sailor Inquisitive Fairies
Hiking Blossoms Cooking Family Sunny Friend Mother Caring Laughter Beaches
Beaches Inspiration Faith Art Books Gardens Architecture Music History Spirituality
Family Beauty Wine Birds Warmth Gardens Yellow Oceans Nowness Reading
Baby Cookbooks Faith Walks Sunshine Treats Blankets Nature Seasons Sisters
Reconnecting with friends Outdoor dining Creativity Time Coffee Walking Baking Listening Learning
Frenchie Baking Quality time Decorating Reading Coloring Cocktails Bubble bath Exploring Baby kisses
Cozy Home Tea Reading Dog petting Writing Faith Flowers Bossa nova Family
Sunshine Flowers Faith A view Birdwatching Beach day Grandkids Cook Rearrange furniture A warm bed
Peace Slow Creative Sleep Read Time Cooking Being Space Evolve
Home Faith Cooking Comfort Creative Family Uncertain Busy Connecting Simplify
Calmness Introspection Gratitude Enrichment Communication Positivity Faith Beauty Rituals/routines Courage
Beauty Truth Spirit Flowers Beach Tomatoes Love Quietness Sunshine Summertime
Unknown Uncertain Unprepared Irritated Impatient Insecure Challenged Creative Competent Cozy Fortunate Thankful!
Love Mother Humor Babies Flowers Creator Doer Houses Happiness Orderliness
Faith Home Memories Truth Tea Reflection Resolution Sunshine Simplicity Starlight
Great Love to You,
Elissa is a genius. She translates my handwriting from different colored paper and shades of ink to the typeset you read. In the November newsletter, I wrote two words she visualized differently than what I wrote. Please drop me a postcard if you spotted either one of them!
1: “Aristotle’s advice to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason.” Brilliant Elissa interpreted it as season. Not a typo. We must naturally adapt to the circumstances we are currently facing. I wrote reason. Season also applies. A double silver lining. We turned an error into an additional insight.
2: I wrote, “Writers write.” Elissa’s understanding was that I wrote “Writers unite.” I agree. We’re a team. Peter always urged us to write. “Writers WRITE.” Elissa, thank you for your contributions; writers should also UNITE. Let’s write and unite all that is true, good and beautiful.
Speaking of Elissa, she’s also an artist and has started an online shop selling some of her flower and bird paintings, plus postcards and stickers. You can find them here.
Bravo Bravo, Elissa!