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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Gift of a Letter

I have had the great good fortune in life to have had personal contact with notable people I admire. While I imagine that many people who are raised up on pedestal can possibly be found disappointing, happily for me, that has not been the case.

I have long admired the prolific writer, Alexandra Stoddard.  For those of us who enjoy creating a beautiful home, her writing is truly inspirational.

One of  Alexandra's books is entitled "The Gift of a Letter."  She doesn't use the computer, but writes her manuscripts using beautiful, French-made paper, gorgeous colored ink, and a fountain pen. Her hand-written letters show the same panache, as you can see above, written to me on China blue stationary with a silver ink.

Yes, Alexandra Stoddard sent ME the gift of a letter after I penned a condolence note regarding the death of her beloved husband, the attorney and author Peter Megargee Brown.  Alexandra has been so brave and open about how she is coping with his earthly loss that I felt compelled to write

Years ago, I read about her first New York City apartment in which she had window boxes on the inside.  Twenty-five years after reading about those "inside window boxes," I made one of my own from my Papa's wooden tool box, which had once belonged to my Pop, his father-in-law.

Alexandra's window boxes had geraniums in them, but I don't have enough light at the back of my kitchen for flowers.

I feel blessed indeed that every time I have reached out to someone I have admired, each of them has turned out to be as wonderful as I thought they were.

Alexandra posts a monthly newsletter on her website on the first of each month. An assistant posts for her from her handwritten draft.  Alexandra's newest missive should be up tomorrow or so.  Each one is wonderful.  I hope you enjoy it.

Alexandra Stoddard


Dewena said...

I love Alexandra Stoddard too! I believe that her books changed my life because she taught me to ask myself questions. How can a person change something if they don't know what is wrong? That was such a help to me.

She has always seemed the epitome of a gracious person and I love knowing that she wrote you back.

Debra said...

Aww, I didn't know her husband had passed away. They seemed so happy together. I'm always inspired by her books and I still have The Gift of a Letter which I bought while living in Nevada--it's survived a ton of ruthless flinging away of books before our moves. Thanks for sharing her website (didn't know she had one) and that's so very cool about your letter(s)! Blessings, Debra

Terra said...

How kind of her to send you a letter in reply. I will check her website. I have reply letters from two authors, one of whom is Madeleine L'Engle. I love her books especially The Crosswicks Journals.