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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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In the garden amid the hydrangeas, photographed by my neighbor and friend Charlie.

August 2020

8/1/2020

I love you. Happy August!

Before I leap fully ahead into anticipating this final month of summer, I want to pause and dwell on some of the joys of July 2020.

My good friend Kerri came for a heart-to-heart visit, one on one, face to face. Because of my being extra cautious to stay safe and healthy, she drove down from New Hampshire just for the day. We had to pack a wallop in our time alone together because her last visit was September 25. We were celebrating “Empty and Be Full,” as I wrote you after her awesome visit marking the anniversary of Peter’s death.

At the end of September 2019, we had no thoughts about a new contagious virus that would turn the world inside out and upside down. Between that visit and our July reunion, so much has changed. Seated in the garden with masks, we ...

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Dec 2015

12/1/2015

Alexandra supporting the Mass National Guard
(left to right)
LTC Ferguson and LTC Cook, Alexandra,
Colonel Matt Kennedy and Colonel Dave Underwood

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Nov 2015

11/1/2015

Dear Friends,

Peter’s roommate at Yale died from complications from being sent overseas during World War II. Don told Peter something that made a huge impression on him ever since his “bright college years.” “Around every corner is the possibility of the unknown.” I'm continuously astonished by the ...

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October 2015

10/1/2015

Dear Friends

I woke up September first, and after getting out of bed, I literally jumped for joy. After making myself a cup of coffee, I went to my desk at the downstairs study and called both Alexandra and Brooke. Looking past the geraniums in the window boxes and the ...

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September 2015

9/1/2015

Dear Friends,

Other than one weekend in the middle of August, I have been here at the cottage¬¬, savoring every precious, delicious moment, alone. Brooke and Cooper came on a train in time for dinner at Breakwater, outside overlooking the expansive view of the harbor. Cooper lost her first front ...

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August 2015

8/1/2015

Dear Friends,

I’ve experienced several joyful months, giving talks and retreats, visiting friends and spending time with their children. Spring and early summer opened her generous arms to me; I felt the lightness of being, the happiness that springs from the gifts of a compassionate heart and love.

Returning ...

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July 2015

7/1/2015

Dear Friends,

I genuinely hope the entire month of June was a rich one, full of learning and discovering, surprises and delight. June, June, June – busted out all over and the treasures of our gardens uplift our eyes and hearts. It would be hard to imagine a more joyful month ...

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June 2015

6/1/2015

Dear Friend,

Exciting news! The Inn at Stonington is hosting a one day and night event, a Women’s Happiness Retreat, on Sunday, June 14th. As many of you recall, after my book Choosing Happiness was published, I had regular Happiness Weekend events for years. This retreat is the first ...

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may 2015

5/1/2015

Dear Friend,

April brought me great happiness as I returned to my main focus in my writing: lasting, genuine happiness. As I prepared to go to Washington, DC for a “Happiness Retreat: Choosing Happiness at Every Stage of Life,” at Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of John Hopkins Medicine, I ...

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April 2015

4/1/2015

Dear Friend,

When Peter romantically proposed to me at a charming little French bistro in New York City a few blocks walk from my apartment on East 63rd Street, he told me that there will be many surprises. Obviously he didn’t have a crystal ball to look into to ...

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March 2015

3/1/2015

Dear Friend,

Happy March! The days are longer, the snow keeps coming, and the sun is bright and beautiful. The daffodils are underneath the snowdrifts. Last winter was severe: 2015 is historic.

The weight of the snow in the blizzard on the flat roof of the downstairs study addition to ...

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Feb 2015

2/1/2015

Dear Friend,

I spend much of my contemplation time meditating on the three wise words of my spiritual advisor and mentor, the late John Bowen Coburn: “You never know.”

I was leaving the cottage Sunday at noon to go to the news office to pick up the New York Times ...

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Jan 2015

1/1/2015

Happy, happy New Year! Never before have I felt these words of hope and new beginning more deeply or more heartfelt. Since Peter died September 25th, I have tried to live in my breath, in the present, mindful of what’s going on, aware of the awesome beauty available to ...

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WELCOME

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.