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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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December 2006

12/1/2006


November was a month of great celebration and Thanksgiving. Thanks to family and friends the entire month was a birthday party. I am officially 65 years old, but feel more energetic and excited about life than ever. I am certainly enthusiastic about life – now more than ever. Thank you, too ...

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November 2006

11/1/2006

The 6th Annual National Book Festival was the thrill of my life. One hundred thousand people came to celebrate the joys of books. The black-tie gala at the Thomas Jefferson building at the Library of Congress, hosted by the First Lady Laura Bush, was splendid. I met many of the ...

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October 2006

10/1/2006

September has been a glorious month. We’ve experienced sunny, clear, crisp days in Stonington and New York. The Indian summer is a sweet bridge between the summer months and winter. I adore all seasons and consider it a blessing to have the changes, but I’m always caught short ...

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September 2006

9/1/2006

As I wrote, July was a celebration of the color blue. August was a celebration of Prospection - the act of looking forward to considering the future. Peter and I read this August Daniel Gilbert’s enlightening new book Stumbling on Happiness. Gilbert is a Harvard psychology professor who is both ...

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June 2006

6/1/2006


I’m sitting at my writing table in the garden overlooking the harbor, intoxicated by the lilacs overhead, so sweetly fragrant. June is busting out all over. Our roses hugging the white picket fence are about to explode in color. I’ve never seen so many buds about to burst ...

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May 2006

5/1/2006

I hope the transformation from winter to Spring has brought you great joy, renewed your faith, surprised you by joy, filled you with hope and made you happy.

April was a magical month for Peter and me. We started the month in Washington, DC, visiting our grandchildren. We celebrated Easter ...

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April 2006

4/1/2006

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 ...

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March 2006

3/1/2006


Peter and I were in New York for the blizzard in February. We’d gone out to dinner Saturday night with a dear friend, who had a car and driver take us home from our favorite hotel, the Carlyle, where we’d enjoyed a memorable evening. By the time we ...

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February 2006

2/1/2006


Good news! We have a date for our Spring Happiness Weekend – Friday, May 12th, Saturday, May 13th, and Sunday morning, May 14th at the Inn at Stonington. Please call now for your reservation (tel. # 860-535-2000). So many people have asked me when the next Happiness Weekend will be and I ...

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January 2006

1/1/2006

Happy New Year! I welcome this fresh new year full of opportunities, challenges and wondrous surprises. I don’t know what this new time alive has in store for us, but I believe this will be a happy, productive, loving 2006.

December was a month filled with tenderness and appreciation ...

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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.