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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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December 2019

12/1/2019

Dear Friends,

We are in the throes of the holiday season, and the spirit of thanks and love are everywhere.

November began with my celebrating my 78th birthday with the most electric, fun, and inspiring Happiness Retreat so far. The following week I went to New York to be with ...

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November 2019

11/1/2019

Dear Friends,

A friend and I were arranging to have a catch up, and we made a lunch date in the near future in order to allow our anticipation of being together have more time to increase our happiness. As much as I am at peace and feel my happiest ...

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October 2019

10/1/2019

Dear Readers,

Happy Octoberfest! September proved to be a turning of the wheel in the right direction for me. I hope this is true for you. For an accumulation of simple and profound reasons, I put my mind and heart to being true to my word. “Living A Beautiful Life ...

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September 2019

9/1/2019

Dear Friends,

The sensuous song of September is in the air. I have fallen in love with the refreshing cool breezes and the expansive white cotton candy clouds in the infinite blue sky as we move into a new exciting season of growth and learning.

Happy fall to you and ...

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August 2019

8/1/2019

Dear Friends,

I wish every possible joy to you in all seasons, especially now, always now. Happy wondrous new month of opportunities and challenges, of endless summer, and all the blessings that envelope us this sparkling time of year. I am embracing the light that brings rainbows of color and ...

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July 2019

7/1/2019

Dear Friends,

Happy July! Love and light to you!

Great news! We are having another Happiness Retreat the end of January.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I am writing you this letter early because Sharon, who publishes my newsletter on the website, is going on a family vacation on ...

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June 2019

6/1/2019

Dear Friends,

I’m vividly reminded of one of Peter’s several hospital trips in an ambulance after he fell on the bottom step of our cottage stairs. The situation was serious. In the emergency room Peter’s nausea was so severe he didn’t embrace my touch – the first ...

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May 2019

5/1/2019

Dear Friends,

May has a special place in my heart for reasons large and small. Peter and I were married May 18th, 1974, being a cause for great celebration and recommitment. I couple this joy with our tiny back yard garden that’s ancient white lilac tree and pink Japanese ...

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April 2019

4/1/2019

Dear Friends,

Happy April, No Fooling! I am savoring the coming of spring, one bloom at a time. My neighbor Charlie – in the pink house with the green door – has a host of snowdrops in his garden path in front of his federal-style house. We share a white picket fence ...

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March 2019

3/1/2019

Dear Friends,

Happy month of March. February, the month of love, was celebrated tenderly. Winter is such a wonderful time to appreciate the comforts and cozy atmosphere we create for ourselves and loved ones. I spent quiet, gentle days at the cottage, loving the opportunity to write, reflect, read, and ...

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February 2019

2/1/2019

Dear Friends,

Happy month of love!

Before I leap ahead into the short, sweet month of February, I want to tell you about all the excitement in our usually sleepy village of Stonington in January.

Hallmark is here to film a Christmas special about heroes. Veterans. A love story being ...

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January 2019

1/1/2019

Dear Friends,

What an amazing journey we’re on. Happy, happy New Year!

However you celebrated the holiday season, I hope your heart was full of grace. My favorite Christmas card was sent by friends who were married on the same date as Peter and me, May 18, 1974. Anne ...

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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.