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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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Alexandra sitting amid the hydrangeas in her garden.
Photo by Elissa

In my favorite place, amid the hydrangeas.

August 2022

8/1/2022

I love you!

Happy August! I feel blessed to write this newsletter for you each month. I have known since I was a young girl that letters are indeed gifts we give ourselves. The pleasure I derive from corresponding with you is indescribably delicious. I’m forever grateful we are staying in touch.

Letters are specific, intimate and immediate. I’ve written about the one book that changed my life: Letters to a Young Poet, by Rilke. He teaches us to live the questions. “And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

The correspondence between these two poets is brilliant. The young poet asks Rilke if his poems are any good. Rilke’s reply to the searching young poet—go inward. The deepest questions any of us can ask ultimately must ...

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Alexandra sitting amid the hydrangeas in her garden.
Photo by Elissa

In my favorite place, amid the hydrangeas.

August 2022

8/1/2022

I love you!

Happy August! I feel blessed to write this newsletter for you each month. I have known since I was a young girl that letters are indeed gifts we give ourselves. The pleasure I derive from corresponding with you is indescribably delicious. I’m forever grateful we are ...

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Alexandra surrounded by hydrangea
Photo by Elissa

I love my forest of hydrangea!

July 2022

7/1/2022

I love you!

Happy July! June’s Summer Solstice on the 21st gave us the longest day of the year. I enjoyed an early dawn breakfast in the garden as I gazed out at the sailboats in the harbor. The air was crisp; the day was full of promises it ...

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Alexandra in front of a rhododendron bush
Photo by Elissa

I love being in a forest of springtime rhododendron.

June 2022

6/1/2022

As we all know, “we never know.” We, as humans, understand that we live with uncertainty. None of us knows what may happen at any moment. Just hours before Elissa was going to swing by to pick up this letter to you for the June website, baby Jonathan, just one ...

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Photos by Elissa

Wearing the colors of the Ukrainian flag in front of Water Street Café.

May 2022

5/1/2022

I love you! Remember the wise words of Dr. Samuel Johnson: We don’t need to be informed; we need to be reminded. It’s vitally important to me to continue to communicate with you my heartfelt love. As we face reality in these challenging times, be assured that I ...

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Photo by Sandy

Blue and yellow: Ukrainian solidarity!

April 2022

4/1/2022

I love you!

Before we leap into April, we should all take a moment to acknowledge the beauty and tragedy in the month of March.

Unfortunately, March intensified the brutality of this inhumane war on Ukraine: a living hell. A warmonger dictator has the Russian military brutally attacking and killing ...

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Photos by Elissa

I love this book so much that I want to share it with you. (See my recommendation in the "Book of the Month" section.)

March 2022

3/1/2022

I love you!

It took me longer than usual to begin this letter to you, because I have been consumed by the horror of the war in Ukraine. I love to write to you, but my heart for much of the past few weeks has been with the Ukrainian people ...

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Alexandra standing next to a colorful drawer set. The drawers are empty.
Photo by Elissa

My rainbow of storage is empty and ready for a fresh start!

February 2022

2/1/2022

I love you!

Thank you for the kind feelings you so generously express to me. In your words and deeds, I feel I am an integral part of a community of loving souls, and have been for as long as I can remember. Your light and love shine through as ...

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I love sharing my love of roses with my friends.

January 2022

1/1/2022

I love you!

Happy, Happy New Year!

I embrace 2022 with outstretched arms and a joyful, open heart. There are countless reasons I am so wildly enthusiastic about a fresh, new beginning; first and foremost is my gratitude that I’m alive! I am breathing, I have my ch’i ...

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Kerri took this photo of my outfit matching my Summer Blue shutters. It’s summer all year round now!

December 2021

12/1/2021

I love you!

Happy month of December!

Thanksgiving Day landed on the 25th of November, exactly one month from Christmas Day. Because I chose to celebrate my birthday every day this past month, I was able to extend joyful moments. One of the truths I’ve learned is the importance ...

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I'm savoring the pink roses and geraniums that are still blooming in October!

November 2021

11/1/2021

I love you!

Happy November.

As I wrote in Gift of a Letter, a letter is a gift we give to ourselves. I’m giving myself a wonderful present by regifting some of your beautiful communications to me. Your words, your personal stories, your photographs touch my heart.

Collectively, over ...

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Enjoying the fresh-cut zinnias and dahlias at my kitchen writing desk.

October 2021

10/1/2021

I love you! I exuberantly anticipated this September because of my brilliant new vision. Aside from all the sentimental nostalgia associated with my favorite summer month, the magically low humidity and sunny days were exhilarating. Cool mornings, warm days, cool evenings. I always sigh when these glorious days unfold, fully ...

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Alexandra watering plants in front of her house

My love of blue, down to the freshly painted shutters and the watering can!

September 2021

9/1/2021

I love you.

I feel joy in the air as I remember the September song: “Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh, so mellow. Then follow, follow, follow.”

Happy September to you. Elissa’s maternity leave, spending her time nurturing a healthy baby boy ...

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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.