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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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Dec 2017

12/1/2017

Dear Friends,

Last year I was in New York City celebrating my 75th birthday. Many of you remember my birthday was on the presidential election day. At 7 AM when I walked into Quotidian restaurant to greet daughter Brooke and granddaughter Cooper for a birthday breakfast before school, I thought ...

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Oct 2017

10/1/2017

Dear Friends,

Since my last newsletter we have experienced unprecedented natural disasters around the globe. We can’t mention the catastrophic damage of the devastating hurricanes since Harvey without acknowledging earthquakes and other tragedies. We share the pain around the globe. We can help. We can pray. We can meditate ...

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Sept 2017

9/1/2017

The hurricane and flooding in Texas is tragic and our concern and prayers are with all of those affected. The book that I’ve just completed that is being typed, the epigraph is “participate with joy in the sorrows of the world.” We are in this together in unity and ...

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August 2017

8/1/2017

Dear Friends,

My heart is expanding to transcendent places. As I reflect on the joy of July, I will bring the breathtakingly beautiful hydrangea, the tenderness of the love of family, friends, and community with me as I celebrate August. Before I move ahead, I am taking some invaluable time ...

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July 2017

7/1/2017

Dear Friends,

All our rain is bearing fruit. We are all going to have a great hydrangea season. Last year, because gardens were lush with large green leaves and zero blossoms, we’ve been given more than a generous amount of healthy blossoms. I’m fascinated to remember back when ...

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June 2017

6/1/2017

Dear Friends,

Happy June! My heart is bursting with joy. This May elevated my happiness level to a new height, and as of now, it hasn’t dipped down. There is too much light and awe-inspiring energy that seems sustainable.

To celebrate my seventy-fifth birthday November 8th, I went to ...

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May 2017

5/1/2017

Dear Friends,

April showered us with showers, and the arrival of buds, blossoms, color and life in our gardens. For those of you who live in an apartment without a garden, you might have a terrace or a window box. Yearning to bring nature’s wonders inside, when Peter and ...

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APril 2017

4/1/2017

Dear Friends,

March has a reputation for being the cruelest month, but there is no bad weather, only different kinds of weather. In Connecticut we had some cold days and snow after a warm stretch. Looking forward, I enjoyed the first day of Spring and daylight savings. Having light longer ...

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March 2017

3/1/2017

Dear Friends,

My heart is bursting with joy. Before I write another thought, I want to open my heart even wider and reach out to you and loved ones with my spring fever joy. I truly have sunshine in my pocket and I feel the energy of Spring everywhere around ...

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Feb 2017

2/1/2017

Hello Everyone! The March newsletter will be a couple of days late this month as Sharon is on holiday with her daughters! Check back soon!

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Jan 2017

1/1/2017

Dear friends,

I teased my daughter Brooke in late November when we were continuing my month-long birthday celebrations; I told her I didn’t want the magic to end in December. “It doesn’t have to. We won’t let it.” December is a month when each day gets shorter ...

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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.