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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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Dec 2012

12/1/2012


Last month I was consumed by Hurricane Sandy. In my focus, I neglected to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you had a relaxing, meaningful day with family and friends. Of course, there is an enormous amount of work involved with the Thanksgiving feast, but the rewards are satisfying ...

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November 2012

11/1/2012

The Chinese have an expression, “make mistake once, forgiven; make mistake twice, stupid.” Who among us chooses to be stupid! I looked up “stupid” in the dictionary that I bring with me when I’m not at home: Slow to learn or understand – Lacking intelligence – In a dazed or stunned ...

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September 2012

9/1/2012


A few days ago I picked the last blossom from our hydrangea garden. Rather than deep blue, this late bloomer is pale lilac and chartreuse. The garden and I are transitioning into fall.

As I pruned the roses, I was delighted to discover some fresh buds, reminding me of the ...

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August 2012

8/1/2012


Our July was a huge contrast from our June trip to Provence. We celebrated the entire month in residence; most of our time we spent quietly in our tiny back yard. We were far from bored. We experienced the inner peace and contentment rare in our busy, complex lives today ...

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July 2012

7/1/2012


Rarely have I been so surprised by joy as our decision to hop on a plan and fly to Nice, France. Some of the happiest moments of my life have been spontaneous. But I realize that our intuitive thinking is rooted in our experiences and emotions.

As I work on ...

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June 2012

6/1/2012


Living in New England for so long has taught me from experience that April showers do indeed bring May flowers, but it can also be the cruelest month. Everyone is starved for spring, but we have to learn patience, no matter how eager we are.

We enjoyed lily-of-the valley and ...

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May 2012

5/1/2012


As the saying goes, April is the cruelest month, but it does bring us showers that create May flowers. We needed the rain badly and we are now in a better place. April was a tease because the temperature fluctuations were dramatic. One day eighty degrees and the next day ...

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April 2012

4/1/2012


Happy April! I am looking forward to this month with great anticipation and pleasure. March was one of the most amazing months of my life. And for good reason. March 1st I, with the help of good friends and family, started celebrating Peter’s 90th birthday. I decided we would ...

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March 2012

3/1/2012


February was a great month that went by so quickly, even with the extra twenty-four hours. I can’t account for all the time. When we’re really enjoying ourselves and life hums along pleasantly, time speeds up. When we lose all track of time because we’re in the ...

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Feb 2012

2/1/2012

I hope this February newsletter finds you well and happy. January offered many surprises for me personally and with the weather. One day we had snow and next day it was nearly 60 degrees. Peter and I went to New York City when the wind chill was zero degrees. Brooke ...

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Jan 2012

1/1/2012

Happy New Year! I wish you and your loved ones a beautiful 2012. Now that the holiday season is behind us, we are given a fresh beginning. I love using this new year as a challenge to make it the best year of our lives.

Once when I was interviewed ...

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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.