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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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Photo by Elissa

My pop-up exhibition, "Alexandra Stoddard: A Colorful Life" opened last week at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut!

February 2023

2/1/2023

I love you! Happy month of love!

Because my dear friend and literary assistant Elissa went on Christmas holiday to her hometown in Michigan to be with her family and friends, I wrote my January newsletter to you earlier than usual. Let me circle back to where we left off, in mid-December, before I leap forward into the most exciting January ever. I continued to celebrate the festive mood of holiday decorations and houses looking so enchanting in the dark of light. Leave it to humans’ creativity to create feasts and rituals to lift your spirits in the darkest time of year.

I flew down to Washington to visit my daughter Alexandra for a few days, returning home two days before Christmas. My neighbor and earth-angel Charlie had told me about a John Singer Sargent exhibition at the National Gallery curated by a good friend. When I told Alexandra, also ...

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I feel I’m on vacation in the Mediterranean every time I come into my sitting room and see this Roger Mühl painting.

December 2022

12/1/2022

I love you.

The season of love and gratitude is upon us; I’ve never felt greater love in my heart. The spirit of true giving is thanksgiving. This is a time to reflect, to light the lights, to pause and meditate on all our immeasurable blessings. I feel deeply ...

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Photo by Elissa

Celebrating my good friend and literary assistant Elissa’s great talent as a muralist. She painted this mural in the children’s area at Charter Books in Newport.

November 2022

11/1/2022

I love you!

Please vote! The midterms are held this year on my 81st birthday, November 8. Please don’t assume your vote doesn’t matter. Every vote is equally important in our shared value of equal rights. People tend to focus on national elections, but we must vote for ...

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Photo by Elissa

Standing with my sunflower in a secret garden in Stonington.

October 2022

10/1/2022

I love you!

A dear friend left the cottage recently, and I said, “I love you.” Because we never know. None of us knows for sure what the future will bring. I had an inexplicable urge to express my love, and it felt important to me at that spontaneous moment ...

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Photo by Elissa

Enjoying the sunlight in my kitchen as I sit at my writing desk. I’m still wearing blue and yellow every day in solidarity with Ukraine.

September 2022

9/1/2022

I love you!

I feel this September will continue to expand all the love we hold in our hearts. As we approach this most meaningful month of new beginnings, I’m focusing on my gratitude for all the loving-kindness that you, friends, have given me. Your gifts of love are ...

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Alexandra sitting amid the hydrangeas in her garden.
Photo by Elissa

In my favorite place, amid the hydrangeas.

August 2022

8/1/2022

I love you!

Happy August! I feel blessed to write this newsletter for you each month. I have known since I was a young girl that letters are indeed gifts we give ourselves. The pleasure I derive from corresponding with you is indescribably delicious. I’m forever grateful we are ...

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Alexandra surrounded by hydrangea
Photo by Elissa

I love my forest of hydrangea!

July 2022

7/1/2022

I love you!

Happy July! June’s Summer Solstice on the 21st gave us the longest day of the year. I enjoyed an early dawn breakfast in the garden as I gazed out at the sailboats in the harbor. The air was crisp; the day was full of promises it ...

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Alexandra in front of a rhododendron bush
Photo by Elissa

I love being in a forest of springtime rhododendron.

June 2022

6/1/2022

As we all know, “we never know.” We, as humans, understand that we live with uncertainty. None of us knows what may happen at any moment. Just hours before Elissa was going to swing by to pick up this letter to you for the June website, baby Jonathan, just one ...

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Photos by Elissa

Wearing the colors of the Ukrainian flag in front of Water Street Café.

May 2022

5/1/2022

I love you! Remember the wise words of Dr. Samuel Johnson: We don’t need to be informed; we need to be reminded. It’s vitally important to me to continue to communicate with you my heartfelt love. As we face reality in these challenging times, be assured that I ...

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Photo by Sandy

Blue and yellow: Ukrainian solidarity!

April 2022

4/1/2022

I love you!

Before we leap into April, we should all take a moment to acknowledge the beauty and tragedy in the month of March.

Unfortunately, March intensified the brutality of this inhumane war on Ukraine: a living hell. A warmonger dictator has the Russian military brutally attacking and killing ...

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Photos by Elissa

I love this book so much that I want to share it with you. (See my recommendation in the "Book of the Month" section.)

March 2022

3/1/2022

I love you!

It took me longer than usual to begin this letter to you, because I have been consumed by the horror of the war in Ukraine. I love to write to you, but my heart for much of the past few weeks has been with the Ukrainian people ...

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Alexandra standing next to a colorful drawer set. The drawers are empty.
Photo by Elissa

My rainbow of storage is empty and ready for a fresh start!

February 2022

2/1/2022

I love you!

Thank you for the kind feelings you so generously express to me. In your words and deeds, I feel I am an integral part of a community of loving souls, and have been for as long as I can remember. Your light and love shine through as ...

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I love sharing my love of roses with my friends.

January 2022

1/1/2022

I love you!

Happy, Happy New Year!

I embrace 2022 with outstretched arms and a joyful, open heart. There are countless reasons I am so wildly enthusiastic about a fresh, new beginning; first and foremost is my gratitude that I’m alive! I am breathing, I have my ch’i ...

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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.