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A Letter from Danielle for December ‘16
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  A Letter from Danielle for December ‘16
Hi Everyone, Here we are in my favorite, favorite FAVORITE month: December. I truly know how difficult the holidays can be–with family stresses, financial strains, and just too much to do–but, I am just a corny person, and I love the Christmas holidays, and even some of the Chanukah traditions that I know. Holidays are [...] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for November ‘16
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  A Letter from Danielle for November ‘16
Hi Everyone, First of all, my new novel THE AWARD is now officially on sale!! I hope you read it soon and let me know your thoughts. And I truIy hope you enjoy it. It makes for the perfect gift book too if you are like me and do your holiday shopping early! Today is also [...] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for October ‘16
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  A Letter from Danielle for October ‘16
Hi Everyone! I hope the fall is off to a good start for you. I love October!! The weather is crisp and invigorating!! Fall activities are well underway, the kids are settled back in school, there is no pressure about the holidays yet (except for people like me who start Christmas shopping in August.) I [...] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for September ‘16
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  A Letter from Danielle for September ‘16
Hi Everyone, Well, with Labor Day around the corner, summer is officially almost over. Mine flew by, and I’ll bet yours did too. I had two short vacations with my five youngest kids, and thoroughly enjoyed them. I’m sorry to see the summer over, but I REALLY love September and always have. When my kids [...] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for August ‘16
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  A Letter from Danielle for August ‘16
Hi Everyone, I hope you’ve gotten some time off this summer, and if you haven’t done so yet, I hope that you still have some vacation time coming your way in August. We all need a break when we can manage it! August always seems a little bittersweet to me—the weather is still warm, it’s still officially [...] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for April ‘16
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  A Letter from Danielle for April ‘16
Hi Everyone, The month of April conjures up springtime and flowers, which is a nice image of the month – but not always true! I’ve been caught in snowstorms in New York and other cities (Chicago) as late as mid-April, so winter may not be entirely over. But let’s hope the weather will get [...] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for March ‘16
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  A Letter from Danielle for March ‘16
Hi Everyone, I hope that last month was a good one for you, and that Valentine’s Day turned out the way you wanted. That’s always a dicey day, with lots of hopes, and not always so easy to have it go the way you plan. So I hope it was a good one!!! And here [...] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for February ‘16
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  A Letter from Danielle for February ‘16
Hi Everyone, I hope that things are going along well for you. We’ve got some holidays coming up in February – President’s Day, which gives us a long weekend (always welcome!!!), Groundhog Day, which always seems a little silly to me after the classic Bill Murray movie of the same name, Chinese New Year, which [...] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for January ‘16
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  A Letter from Danielle for January ‘16
Hi Everyone, Happy New Year! Whether they were wonderful and just what we hoped, or fell short in some way, I suspect we’re all grateful to have made it through the holidays. On the heels of Thanksgiving, December packs a real punch: Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Our budgets stretched to buy gifts for those [...] Read more
A Note from Danielle for December ‘15
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  A Note from Danielle for December ‘15
Hi Everyone, I think December is my favorite time of year. I love the summer months (when I get to be lazy, which is never often enough) and the energized feeling of September, but December is truly magical. It’s filled with happy memories of my childhood holidays. Growing up, Christmas was a big deal in [...] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for November ‘15
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  A Letter from Danielle for November ‘15
Hi Everyone, We’re starting into the early part of winter now, with the holidays drawing near. It can be the best part, or sometimes the most challenging part. But Thanksgiving is a very special holiday. At first glance, it appears to be all about food, and all the traditional things we like to eat on [...] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for October ‘15
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  A Letter from Danielle for October ‘15
Hi Friends, After some down time in the summer (never much, since I was working on a book and ‘taking it easy’ is never my strong suit), September always picks up the pace. I always get busier as I leap into fall, with plans and projects for the coming months. Things tend to speed up a [...] Read more
A Letter From Danielle for September ‘15
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  A Letter From Danielle for September ‘15
Hi Friends, September is one of my favorite months of the year, probably left over from my school days. And for years, it was my busiest month. With 9 kids to outfit, organize and get ready for school-lots of fun trips to the 5 and 10 for pencils, notebooks, erasers and lunch boxes (with Super hero [...] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for August ‘15
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  A Letter from Danielle for August ‘15
Hi Everyone, Well, the weather is certainly right to be writing a summer newsletter!! As I write this, we’ve had 105 degree weather in a heat wave in Paris, the first in several years. We’ve had cold rainy June and July months for several years now, and this harks back more to the summer weather in [...] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for July ‘15
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  A Letter from Danielle for July ‘15
Hi Everyone, Although I find September exciting-because I always feel like everything is starting fresh after the summer and at the beginning of the school year (even this many years later) -I’ve always thought that July is the sweet spot in the year. It’s just a gorgeous time of year. June leads up to our hopes [...] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for May ‘15
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  A Letter from Danielle for May ‘15
Hi Everyone, I’ve always loved the month of May. After the chilly winds of April, in some places May is the beginning of warm weather, but even if not, spring is in the air, flowers are blooming and summer is just around the corner, or at least we hope so. The month begins with May Day, [...] Read more
A Note from Danielle for March ‘15
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  A Note from Danielle for March ‘15
Dear Friends, St. Patrick’s Day is the big holiday in March, but one I can lay no claim to, with no Irish or Anglo Saxon relatives at all. But it’s a big day for anyone with even a drop of Irish blood! Daylight Savings will give us longer days, which I love, and reminds us that spring [...] Read more
A note from Danielle for February ‘15
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  A note from Danielle for February ‘15
Dear Friends, The big event in February is Valentine’s Day, for those who have new romances, old loves, or wish they did. Candy, flowers, presents, cards and all the things we hope about love. I’ve had some great Valentine’s Days (a marriage proposal that led to a wonderful eighteen-year marriage and eight of my nine children), [...] Read more
A Note from Danielle for January ‘15
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  A Note from Danielle for January ‘15
Dear Friends, January is always a nice quiet month (I hope!!) when everyone gets to recuperate from the holidays, tuck in at home and stay cozy in bad weather pretty much everywhere, and get ready for the new year. I never make New Year’s resolutions, as I’ve told you before, because I never stick to them, [...] Read more
A Note from Danielle for December ‘14
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  A Note from Danielle for December ‘14
Dear Friends, Wow! The busiest month of the year, filled with light and hope, and a thousand things to do in preparation for the holidays. Finding presents for those we love, making plans to go home, or getting ready for loved ones to come home. A time of giving, gathering around, for old traditions and new [...] Read more