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Notes from Danielle

A Letter from Danielle for August ‘16
August 5, 2016
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
April 4, 2016
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
March 1, 2016
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
February 1, 2016
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
January 1, 2016
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
December 1, 2015
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
November 10, 2015
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
October 13, 2015
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
September 3, 2015
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
August 3, 2015
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
June 30, 2015
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
May 1, 2015
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
March 10, 2015
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
February 23, 2015
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
January 6, 2015
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
December 3, 2014
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
A Note from Danielle for November ‘14
November 3, 2014
Dear Friends, November is a special time for family and friends, as Thanksgiving brings us together and inspires us to be grateful for our blessings and to share them with others. We all love the image of a perfect family Thanksgiving, which may not always happen the way we hope. But whether with family or friends, [...] Read more
A Note from Danielle for October ‘14
October 3, 2014
Dear Friends, October has one of my favorite holidays: Halloween! Although my children are grown up now, most of them in their 20s, I still remember all the crazy costumes we put together: Ursula from The Little Mermaid and all the Disney characters. The costume my daughter’s boyfriend made to look like her dog (complete with plastic [...] Read more
A Note from Danielle for September ‘14
September 2, 2014
Dear Friends, September is one of my favorite months, maybe because we always remember our school days. In many ways, it still feels like the year starts in September, with everyone excited to go back to school, begin a new year, the smell of fresh notebooks, the excitement of new classes and teachers. And even as [...] Read more
A Note from Danielle for July ‘14
July 2, 2014
Dear Friends, YAY!!! For summer!!! School is out, kids are home, and if we’re lucky, we have some time off and vacations planned!! I love the Fourth of July parties, picnics, parades and celebrations, with kids and grandparents and friends and families all enjoying the festivities. (And my favorite foods are served: fried chicken, burgers, hot [...] Read more