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Notes from Danielle

A Letter from Danielle for July ’22
July 7, 2022
Hi Everyone, Summer is here at last!!! The July Fourth holiday kicked it off with a big start, with picnics, barbecues, parades, hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, apple pie, and all the foods we associate with the Fourth. And fireworks shows!!! Hopefully, you’re planning a summer vacation, some rest from work, and some relaxing time somewhere that […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for June ’22
June 6, 2022
Hi Everyone, I hope you’ve had a good week. Summer has arrived and I love it, although things have been a little hectic lately, with big projects and writing, family plans, and a massive purge/spring cleaning I did in my closets!!! It was an ambitious project, fun to weed things out that I don’t wear […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for May ’22
May 6, 2022
Hi Everyone, I love the month of May!!! The weather is usually lovely by then, and it feels like spring. May 1, May Day, is Labor Day in France, and everyone gives others sprigs of lily of the valley for good luck: I love its delicate scent. And there are stands which sell it on […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for April ’22
April 7, 2022
Hi Everyone. Well, officially spring is slowly getting here, although dragging its feet a little. But we have some key reminders of spring. (Now for some warm weather!!) Easter is always a good reminder of spring. And I’ve said before, my favorite thing about Easter, religiously, applies to everyone of all and no religions: Resurrection. […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for March ’22
March 9, 2022
Hi Everyone, I don’t know about you, but I am SOOOO READY for spring. It’s been a grisly grim gray winter without much sun and I am so tired of the dreary weather, and spring is not almost here. We still have a way to go, and I’ve been in snowstorms in New York in […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for February ’22
February 8, 2022
Hi Everyone, After the quiet month of January, recovering from the holidays, things start to get lively again in February. Some schools have a ski break vacation, and it’s great if you can get to the snow and enjoy it, instead of just shoveling it in your driveway to get to work, or not-so-enjoyable slush […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for January ’22
January 11, 2022
Hi everyone, We’ve started a new year, hopefully a healthier and easier one than the past two years. We start with a clean slate, full of hope for the future. January is often a quiet month of hibernation, the holiday festivities are over, the weather tends to be bad in most places, and it’s a […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for December ’21
December 8, 2021
Hi Everyone, I LOVE December. And I love the holidays. Blessed with a big family, Christmas has always been a BIG deal at our home—baking brownies, wrapping gifts, seeing friends, my children coming home, and all of us flying in to be together. All of our traditions mean a lot to us, decorating the trees […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for November ’21
November 5, 2021
Hi everyone, November is a cozy month with the promise of the holidays at the end of it. The weather is cold in most places and it’s a great time to tuck in and read. At the end of the month, we have Thanksgiving—a holiday based on gratitude, inspired by friendship, and a wonderful time […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for October ’21
October 5, 2021
Hi everyone!! October is one of my favorite months. The weather is brisk andcool in most places, but not cold yet, and there is a special kind of energy in the air that I always find invigorating. Fall is in full swing, the leaves are falling, winter is coming—but not there yet. I love the […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for September ’21
September 3, 2021
Hi everyone, For anyone with school age children, September is the busiest month of the year. I remember how super busy it was for me with nine children in school—dashing around for school supplies, figuring out their schedules, organizeing car pools, setting up extracurricular lessons, driving everyone to all their activities . . . and […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for August ’21
August 10, 2021
Hi Everyone!!! August always takes me by surprise, since it marks the halfway point in the summer. One just gets used to vacation rhythms and some time off—and suddenly back-to-school thoughts, car pools, school supplies, soccer games, fall projects at work, and new plans creep back into our heads. But keep in mind that you […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for July ’21
July 7, 2021
Hi Everyone, Well, it’s here at last: Summer!!! I hope that means you’ll get some beach time, or some hammock time under a tree—just some downtime to relax and read and dream after the last stressful year. We’ve all earned a break —and as things improve, we deserve some vacation time, with friends or family, […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for June ’21
June 4, 2021
Hello Everyone, Ahhh, it’s finally spring—and almost summer! Memorial Day weekend unofficially opens the summer season. After a cold winter, I am ready for some good weather, and warmer days. June is full of the anticipation of summer. I know we’re all ready to see the last of the pandemic so we can get back […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for May ’21
May 10, 2021
Hi Everyone, May is one of my favorite months. No matter how chilly April is, in some places in May spring finally arrives in all its glory, with flowers and green gently covering the ground and the trees after the bleak gray of winter. Everything comes to life again, in a rainbow of colors! And […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for April ’21
April 9, 2021
Hi Everyone, I hope that spring is here wherever you are, and I hope that the Covid situation is improving in your area. It has been a long haul so far, and one of the great escapes is reading a good book. And hopefully the general situation will be better soon. I used to dye […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for March ’21
March 4, 2021
Hi everyone!! Well, we’re inching our way toward spring and it’s been a challenging few months, but we’re hanging in. One of the great pleasures of these winter days, even in normal times, is curling up with a good book, and letting our imaginations soar. And in confinement or staying home to be careful, what […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for February ’21
February 8, 2021
Hi Everyone, The holidays are behind us, and we’re starting off with a new year. January is always a little dreary—with bad weather, and the after-holiday let down—and February fills us with hope, and the wish for an early spring. We are still battling with Covid—and inevitably paying the price of those who had a […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for January ’21
January 7, 2021
Hi Everyone, I hope that you had good holidays—even though all of our holidays were quieter this year and different than they usually are! It took some careful managing and restraint to keep the holidays safe, but hopefully you had some joy in the festive season. Now we get a whole new year to look […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for December ’20
December 4, 2020
Hi Everyone, Wow!!! We made it through this year: that’s beginning to seem like something of a miracle. And if nothing else, 2020 has taught us that life is unpredictable, things can change in an instant, and who would have thought that the ENTIRE WORLD would come to a nearly dead stop for nine months. […] Read more