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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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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 activities is the key to our sense of well-being. I want to be prepared in order to live fully under the circumstances of the pandemic.

Because you and I are traveling in the same boat on this journey, my soul is bursting with memories I want to share with you. I’ve never been more intimately aware just how tenderly attached I am to our cottage. Thirty-two years ago, Peter and I were visiting friends who lived in Stonington; it was the weekend of our daughter Alexandra’s graduation from Connecticut College. An unexpected flash rainstorm interrupted the outdoor commencement ...

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December 2010

12/1/2010


It’s hard to believe that on my birthday, November 8th, when I awoke, it was snowing! One of the most wonderful things about living in Stonington Village is our ability to appreciate the beauty of nature and the changing seasons.

Peter and I went to New York City to ...

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November 2010

11/1/2010


I feel on top of the world. Since our return from Paris in September we have savored the magnificent autumn in our beloved village of Stonington. We’ve met people from all around America who come here to experience the splendor of the fall foliage, the changing of the seasons ...

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October 2010

10/1/2010


September proved to be as magical as I’d anticipated and there were glorious surprises we embraced with joy. While we love having our precious grandchildren come visit us at the cottage, we equally embrace their world at home, at school and to observe them in sports activities. Before we ...

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September 2010

9/1/2010


September is my favorite month because it is when Peter and I fell in love. Summer still lingers on and there is a sense of a fresh start and new beginnings. We still feel light and full of fresh air and have a sense of the excitement of the anticipation ...

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August 2010

8/1/2010


Happy August to you, your family and friends. I’m happy to report to you that our family is well and Peter and I are enjoying a most happy summer at our cottage. We’re taking the advice of a wise friend, “Don’t leave home when your garden is ...

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July 2010

7/1/2010


When my daughter Brooke was four, Peter and I married and went to Paris for our honeymoon. By then, Paris was my favorite city – Peter had never been. Brooke wanted to go to “honeymoon.” Without hesitation, Peter promised Brooke he would take her to Paris “next year.” And, a man ...

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June 2010

6/1/2010

I’m reminded of my favorite Impressionist artist, Claude Monet, who wrote to a fellow artist friend, “Come for lunch on Tuesday when my iris will be in full bloom.” I’m seated in the downstairs study overlooking our tiny front garden we had planted last summer as an anniversary ...

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May 2010

5/1/2010

I’m being challenged. I’m going through a rough patch, but I’m happy, healthy and optimistic things will work out and I will succeed. Before I share with you my news, I want to express my deep, sincere appreciation to you for your loyal support throughout the years ...

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April 2010

4/1/2010


Happy April – No fooling! My first-born daughter, Alexandra, was due to be born April Fool’s Day. I told everyone she was going to be born March 31st. On March 30th, Alexandra Brandon Stoddard (A.B. Stoddard on television) was born 43 years ago.

Another significant March birthday is my ...

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March 2010

3/1/2010

February was an extraordinarily happy month for Peter and I and I hope this was true for your family and friends. We were fortunate to go on a magical trip to Italy. We hadn’t been in this beautiful country for many, many years, and this experience awakened so many ...

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Feb 2010

2/1/2010


We are all still reeling from the catastrophic magnitude of the earthquake that crushed Haiti’s capital city Port-au-Prince. In the midst of the carnage, a woman cried, “The world is coming to an end.” While we know the earthquake will not defeat the Haitian people, our hearts go out ...

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Jan 2010

1/1/2010


Happy, happy New Year! I sincerely hope 2010 begins a decade of positive transformation. We are being challenged to use our highest powers to create the constructive changes in our lives that give us meaning and hope.

Looking back to the first decade of this new millennium, ten years of ...

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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.