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March was an extraordinarily happy and productive month. We went to Sannibel, Florida to visit with our dear friends Barbara and Garry, who had a large celebration in our honor in their beautiful home they built on a magnificant golf course. Peter and I quietly celebrated the 29th anniversary of Alexandra Stoddard, Inc. We made a huge fuss over Peter's birthday, going to our favorite restaurant, La Grenouille, for lunch where the head waiters sang happy birthday to Peter, in French.
We also went to lovely Orange County, California, where I spoke at a National Fibromyalgia Association conference, meeting lots of wonderful people, dining on the oceanliner Queen Mary. We continued on to Savannah, Georgia, where I spoke about Time Alive and happiness. And to end the month, we celebrated daughter Alexandra's birthday.
Culture & Leisure Magazine,Winter 2006, did a profile and interesting Q & A on me. Last month I shared some of the pictures as well as the list of 10 of my favorite things. This month I'd like to share the Q & A piece:
Alexandra’s education in human nature began when, at age 16, she traveled around the world with her aunt, a renowned international social worker. Stoddard learned about architecture, design, and beauty, but also about the depths of human feeling, such as happiness and sorrow. Her eye-opening experiences paved the way for her future design and literary careers. In 1963, Alexandra was employed by renowned American interior designer Eleanor McMillen Brown. The two became close friends and when her mentor retired, Alexandra founded her own international design firm, Alexandra Stoddard Incorporated. Among the many other accomplishments, she is the founder and president of Design & Art Society, Ltd., and is a Dame of the American Society of the Order of St. John, designated by Queen Elizabeth II.
Alexandra now lives on Carnegie Hill in Manhattan and in Stonington Village, Connecticut with her husband, author Peter Megargee Brown. As part of her personal philosophy of living, Stoddard is a firm believer in creating daily rituals, celebrations, and ceremonies at home. All of her writing is done with a fountain pen on creamy French notepads, including her latest work, You Are Your Choices: 50 Ways to Live the Good Life due out in October 2006. As in all of her books, the queen of contentment gives advice on the art of living beautifully, moment by moment.
CLM: How do you deal with stress?
CLM:What is your beauty luxury?
CLM:What makes you want to dance?
CLM:Who is your personal beauty icon?
CLM:What is your view on plastic surgery?
CLM:What is the biggest compliment you’ve been paid?
CLM:If you could choose a period of time to live in because of its look which one would it be?
CLM:Who in the public eye influences your style?
CLM:If you were on death row, what would you order as your last supper?
CLM:In five words, how would you define your style?
CLM:What is most surprising about you?
CLM:What’s your greatest regret?
CLM:Your biggest fear?
CLM:If you were granted three wishes, what would they be?
CLM:You favorite gift?
CLM:Describe your perfect day.
CLM:What possession do you treasure?
CLM:Do you have favorite designers?
CLM:What have you learned about life?
CLM:What talent would you most like to have?
CLM:If there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would it be?
CLM:Who are your heroes?
CLM:When in life were you happiest?
CLM:How do you measure success?
CLM:What is it that you dislike most?
CLM:Which historical figure do you identify with most?
CLM:What makes your heart beat faster?
We begin April in Washington visiting our grandchildren. Happy Spring. Enjoy the flowers and wonders of new life, the miracles of our time alive.
Love & Live Happy
Culture & Leisure Magazine Winter 2006
Alexandra signs copies of her books while visiting Decadur, Alabama.
Alexandra keynoted the gala party at the Dallas Country Club for 425 members and friends at Kappa Alpha Theta -- a happy delightful event!
Southern Women magazine
Alexandra, shown here at The Madison Hotel in Memphis, offers tips for our daughters. Photo by Lisa Buser
Book Club in Elmhurst, Illinois, who invited Alexandra to host via a conference call. Beth, the host, is in the pink in the front row.
Country Living, February 2006
The February issue of Country Living magazine has a section called Home Comforts country classics/simple projects that features beautiful florals. It is a great issue and you're sure to find many practical ideas you can put to use. The six-page spread opens with a quote from Alexandra:
"When flowers are in the home -- whether that means fresh flowers, botanical watercolors, flower-appliqued quilts, even floral perfume -- we can feel their energy and freshness, majesty and wonder," says interior designer and author Alexandra Stoddard. (Photography by David Lewis Taylor)
Alexandra is meeting with editors to discuss a feature for the January 2007 issue on how to create a happy home.
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.