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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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December 2008

12/1/2008


Great good news! Target is planning a promotion for Things Good Mothers Know and it will be for Easter as well as Mother’s Day. My publication date is now moved up to February 15th, and the “on sale” date is February 10th. This is a Valentine’s Day gift ...

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November 2008

11/1/2008


I have thrilling news. Our daughter Brooke gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl on October 16th. I have been a bit secretive about her pregnancy at her request, and the arrival of Cooper Lily Mott comes as a complete surprise to many of you, including close friends. Peter ...

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October 2008

10/1/2008


I hope September was a month of personal growth and character building. As a country we faced hurricanes, the Republican Presidential nominee John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, the financial crisis was dire, leading to a bailout, and the presidential debate went on, as scheduled ...

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September 2008

9/1/2008


Happy September! Where did August go? In this present month of new beginning, we celebrate a fresh start, as children return to school, advancing in their knowledge and building their character, we are free to make wise choices that will bring us great satisfaction. We look forward to the days ...

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July 2008

7/1/2008


Happy August! I’ve always understood Einstein’s Theory of Relativity – not from a scientific perspective, but from my experience. Time flies when you’re happy. This summer has melted by in hot, sunny days, colorful sunsets and quality time celebrating life completely.

The Inn needed our room for the ...

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June 2008

6/1/2008


Our May proved to be an exceedingly rich, rewarding month. Early in the month we went to Birmingham where I spoke at a national conference of dedicated volunteers – women who are committed to helping families and children who are less fortunate to be able to live productive, happy lives. This ...

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May 2008

5/1/2008


April was a “happy-sad” month for Peter and me. We are still living at the Inn at Stonington. We’ve changed the motto, “There’s no place like home,” to “There’s no place like the Inn at Stonington.” We truly love it here and this will be home for ...

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April 2008

4/1/2008


March was a different kind of month than expected: As Peter went downstairs to make a phone call in order not to disturb me when I was working in my writing room, he tripped on the bottom step. Fortunately Peter’s injury the end of February was limited to his ...

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March 2008

3/1/2008


We all know we can’t control the weather. We arrived in Milwaukee in early February and our good friends Nancy and John picked us up at the airport. As we got into the car snow began to fall. They’d arranged a small dinner party at their favorite Milwaukee ...

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February 2008

2/1/2008


I feel extremely blessed by the publication of Happiness For Two in so many meaningful, profound ways. In my Acknowledgement I wrote, “My life’s great richness is due to my being a writer.” I'm humble as I reflect on the basic truth that chances are I would not ...

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January 2008

1/1/2008

Happy, Happy New Year! This past month was especially joyful because of our anticipating going to Maryland to be with our precious grandchildren, to spend time with their new puppy Homer, and to be together for Christmas. And, we have been looking forward to the publication of Happiness For Two ...

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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.