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Notes from Danielle

A Letter from Danielle for September ’20
September 2, 2020
Hi Everyone, It’s September!!! Let’s hope the universe doesn’t have any big surprises for us this month—OR ONLY GOOD ONES!!! September has always been one of my busiest months, especially when my kids were all in school. At my busiest and craziest, they went to four different schools (all at the same time), and eventually, […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for August ’20
August 11, 2020
Hi Everyone, Wow, we’re halfway through the summer, and certainly not a typical summer. Around the world people are struggling with learning to live with the virus. Different countries handle it differently, but most seem to agree that masks, social distancing and handwashing are all important to stay safe from Covid 19. It’s not a […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for July ’20

Hi everyone, Well, life certainly has had its surprises this spring!!! With a few exceptions and changes of plans, most of us usually know what to expect, and can plan our lives. Some people plan more than others. I am one of those people who likes to plan well in advance, long in advance. I […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for May ‘20
May 18, 2020
Hi everyone, I fervently hope that May is going to be a LOT better than March and April were, as the world struggles to rid itself of the Coronavirus, and we all work hard to right the ship in its wake. The US is a remarkable country, a nation of strong people who dig their […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for April ‘20
April 30, 2020
Hi Everyone, This isn’t the newsletter I was planning to send to you today—and had already written—talking about spring flowers, warmer weather, and dyeing Easter eggs. These are serious times, and every country in the world is facing a huge challenge. For safety and to prevent further contagion and the spread of the virus, we’ve […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for March ’20

Hi Everyone!!! The holidays seem a lonnnggggg time behind us, don’t they?? And hopefully, with March, a faint promise of spring, depending on where you live. All my cities will still be cold for a while!!!! It’s always a good time to read—whatever the weather—either curled up with a book in winter, or lying on […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for February ‘20
February 5, 2020
Hi Everyone, The calendar always moves too fast, and the months speed by. Particularly when I’m writing, I look up and another month has flown past. The major landmark in February, along with Ski Week and President’s Day, is, of course, Valentine’s Day—which can be a dream come true, or a little disappointing. I started […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for January ‘20

Hi Everyone, Welcome to a New Year!!! 2020—it has a nice ring to it!!! And I hope it will be a great year for you and for us all. Traditionally, due to bad weather almost everywhere, January is a month for hibernation, for quiet time, to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for December ‘19
December 3, 2019
Hi Everyone, My favorite month is finally here: December. I love the holidays, although they’re not always easy. They sometimes highlight what’s been right and wrong with the year, and they can be challenging for many people. But I’ve always loved the magic of Christmas, it brings the child out in me. My children and […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for November ‘19
November 8, 2019
Hi Everyone, It’s hard to believe November is already here, and the holidays beginning. Although I didn’t grow up with the tradition of Thanksgiving, it’s a holiday whose theme really touches me—a holiday based on gratitude, not just food. It’s a holiday meant to be shared with friends, and to include people, and to remember […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for October ‘19
October 3, 2019
Hi Everyone, By now, we’re all well into fall-summer is a dim memory-and we’re heading into winter. I love these crisp autumn days, they give me energy, and I’m usually up to my ears in new projects and books by this time of year. We’re not buried in snow yet, so we can enjoy some […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for September ‘19
September 6, 2019
Hi Everyone, Well, here we are, back in the fall. I hope you had a restful, fun, relaxing summer and were able to take some time off. I love September, it revitalizes me. I think we’ve all been trained for so many years to rev up our motors for the return to school that, even […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for August ‘19
August 5, 2019
Hi Everyone, I hope the summer is rolling out well and you’re having fun, taking some time off and enjoying family and friends!! Hot weather, good times, maybe some swimming and sunning, fishing—whatever seems like fun to you. I love reading in the summer when I take time off from writing for a few weeks. […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for July ‘19
July 1, 2019
Hi Everyone, I hope that your summer is off to a great start, and that the weather is cooperating for a nice warm, balmy summer—and that you have some plans for summer vacation and to take some time off. July always gets off on a festive note with July 4th, with parties and picnics, and […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for June ‘19
June 6, 2019
Hi Everyone, Oh YAY!!! It’s summer, or just about, and will be officially summer shortly after you get this newsletter. Spring is always a little sketchy, depending on where one is. I’ve been in snowstorms in New York in late April. And there’s a French saying that says not to take off your winter clothes […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for May ‘19
May 2, 2019
Hi Everyone, Happy May Day!!! May is such a nice month, when Spring is just about everywhere—at last!! When I was a child in French schools, we always celebrated May Day, and it’s still a big deal in France. It’s French Labor Day, and they celebrate it as a major holiday, and everyone gives a […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for April ‘19
April 10, 2019
Hi Everyone, Well here comes April—hopefully springlike by now, wherever you are. There is something so cheering and hopeful about seeing green leaves again, and flowers springing up. Easter is in April this year, with all the fun “commercial” side of it, with Easter bunnies, and rainbow painted eggs, easter egg hunts for your children. […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for March ‘19

Hi Everyone!!! Happy March!!! I hope there is a whiff of spring in the air wherever you are. By now, we’re all tired of winter, and a hint of spring would be nice. The big holiday in March is Saint Patrick’s Day, which I can lay no claim to, with no Irish relatives. But it’s […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for February ‘19
February 20, 2019
Hello Everyone, Here comes February, still deep in the heart of winter. As I write this, it’s snowing, and Spring seems a million years away. I’ve been writing like crazy all winter, the holidays were busy and also seem like they are a long time behind us. When we’re in it, winter seems like the […] Read more
A Letter from Danielle for January ‘19
January 7, 2019
Hi Everyone!!! When I think of January, I think of bears cozily hibernating in their cave, which is pretty much what I do every year in January—after the mad dash of the holidays, with kids coming home, family meals, all our Christmas traditions, getting last minute gifts, and just running around. My kids leave for […] Read more