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I love to connect with my readers, and in my monthly newsletter, I share my thoughts, updates about events, a discussion of what I've been reading, stories from life in Connecticut, and much more. Feel free to browse my past newsletters and stop by at the beginning of each month to read my latest note to you.

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My gardenia blooms bring me joy.

April 2021

4/1/2021

I love you!

Happy Spring! Happy Easter!

Before I leap ahead with you in my enthusiasm, I choose to pause. There are tender markings I enjoy reflecting on. March was loaded with wonderful, meaningful memories, moments of deep reflection and loving grace.

Forty-four years ago Alexandra Stoddard Incorporated was born—March 9, 1977. Peter, as some of you remember, gave me a small enamel box with the words “All things are sweetened by risk” on the lid.

One thing indeed leads to another. Mrs. Brown, the founder and president of McMillen Incorporated, stepped down at age 88. Her firm, founded 53 years earlier, in 1924, was “Mrs. Brown.” We affectionately referred to our beloved matriarch as “the boss.” Immediately, I knew. This was my signal to act. What a journey that began with one step. I am 51 years younger than Mrs. Brown, and ASI is alive and well.

One ...

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My gardenia blooms bring me joy.

April 2021

4/1/2021

I love you!

Happy Spring! Happy Easter!

Before I leap ahead with you in my enthusiasm, I choose to pause. There are tender markings I enjoy reflecting on. March was loaded with wonderful, meaningful memories, moments of deep reflection and loving grace.

Forty-four years ago Alexandra Stoddard Incorporated was born ...

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I potted tulips on a snowy day recently to "force" them. They should bloom in a few weeks.

March 2021

3/1/2021

I love you.

Thank you.

I’m bursting with joy at all the hearts and kisses I felt and received in the wondrous month of love. Mother Teresa became a saint because she loved us. Because of her genuine love for humanity, she was a natural healer. Healers are lovers ...

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Yellow roses represent hope. Photo by Elissa.

February 2021

2/1/2021

I love you.

We’ve been through so much since I last wrote you. When I wrote last month that we are experiencing transcendent moments, I was aware of a global shift in our consciousness.

January 2021 will be remembered for all time as a transcendent moment in the vast ...

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A gorgeous Stephanotis I received as a gift.

January 2021

1/1/2021

I love you! Happy, happy, bright New Year! Cheers! Congratulations! Let’s celebrate brilliantly. 2020 is in our rearview mirror. We had no idea what we were about to face.

I begin this fresh new year with a heart overflowing with gratitude and love. Great good news—I’m flourishing ...

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I gave Elissa a bouquet of fresh daisies before Thanksgiving, and she took this photo of me outside the cottage that day.

December 2020

12/1/2020

I love you!

My dear friend Kerri called to wish me a happy Thanksgiving when I was at my writing desk in our bedroom. Suddenly, my heart leapt, and I asked, “Can you hear Peter’s clock chime?” I put the phone next to his favorite English burl-wood case clock ...

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Join Me at the Beauty Dharma Summit on Friday!

11/17/2020

I invite you all to join me for my premiere virtual event this Friday, November 20, at 2:00 p.m. I will be in conversation with the lovely and charming Leslie Christin, a makeup artist and the founder of CARA Cosmetics, as part of her Beauty Dharma Summit.

The ...

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Enjoying the sunshine before the winter sets in. Photo by my granddaughter Cooper.

November 2020

11/1/2020

I’m writing this letter to you before the presidential election. I have no knowledge of the results from voters. We might be in for an “election season.” My heart is open wider now than it has been throughout these trying times. Our souls are in need of healing. All ...

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I made this mask from bell-bottom slacks that I tailored. (Photograph by my granddaughter Cooper.)

October 2020

10/1/2020

The sweet song of September lingers in my heart as we move forward. “Onward and upward.” To embrace fall and October’s opportunities, we need to prepare for winter.

When we are in harmony with our immediate surroundings, we are most alive. How we feel as we quietly ritualize our ...

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Smiling amid the blossoms on Enders Island in Stonington, photographed by my granddaughter Cooper.

September 2020

9/1/2020

I love you!

I carry September’s eternal love song with me throughout the year. Peter and my friendship blossomed into a full flowering commitment fifty years ago during this sacred month of endings and beginnings. Beginnings and endings bending into a circle leave endless ripples that interlock.

I’m ...

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In the garden amid the hydrangeas, photographed by my neighbor and friend Charlie.

August 2020

8/1/2020

I love you. Happy August!

Before I leap fully ahead into anticipating this final month of summer, I want to pause and dwell on some of the joys of July 2020.

My good friend Kerri came for a heart-to-heart visit, one on one, face to face. Because of my being ...

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Taking time to pause and smell the roses as I water them. Photo by my granddaughter Cooper.

July 2020

7/1/2020

I love you. I feel your love. For clarity, as well as solace, I turn to the words of the sage Lao Tzu, who gave the insight, “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

Your love gives me strength, and because I ...

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Writing in my garden, photographed by my granddaughter Cooper.

June 2020

6/1/2020

I love you.

June is, indeed, busting out all over. I awaken every morning predawn with a fresh sense of anticipation, wonder, awe and enthusiasm. Mother Nature’s physical beauty has come to inspire, delight and teach.

Suddenly the frost is behind us and before us are warmer days, with ...

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A photo taken by Cooper of me writing in the garden overlooking the harbor.

May 2020

5/1/2020

Dear Friends,

Happy May Day!

I love you. As I wrote in the opening of Living a Beautiful Life, Dr. Samuel Johnson taught us that we don’t so much need to be informed as reminded. Let me remind you how much you mean to me. In your own way ...

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WELCOME

I love to connect with my readers, and in my monthly newsletter, I share my thoughts, updates about events, a discussion of what I've been reading, stories from life in Connecticut, and much more. Feel free to browse my past newsletters and stop by at the beginning of each month to read my latest note to you.