Folks visiting my blog and leaving contact information have a random chance of winning either Living Beautifully Together: How to Live Graciously in a Hectic World by Finding Time to Love Your Family, Your Friends and Yourself OR Creating a Beautiful Home: From Starting Fresh to Freshening Up-Creative Ideas to Help You Turn Your House into a Warm and Welcoming Home both by one of my absolute favorite authors…Alexandra Stoddard. (Please visit her website for more information…no photos possible today, remember?) Mrs. Stoddard has been a favorite author for decades and last March, I wrote her to say. She replied and we exchanged notes that are now tucked into a copy of one of her many books I own. In writing this post, I only now realize her husband of 40 years, Peter Magaree Brown, passed away in September and Brandon Stoddard, her first husband and father to their two daughters, passed away in December. That is so much sadness in a short time and my heart breaks for all of them. A. B. Stoddard, her oldest daughter, is a political journalist and writes for The Hill newspaper and is frequently seen reporting on television.
Mrs. Stoddard had a great influence on my life and, yearly, I re-read more than a few of her books. Yes, there are lots of great books “out there” but I tend to stick to favorites for there’s always something new to learn.
This weekend I plan to visit the county library and catch up…er, visit your blogs and leave comments. I feel like I’m on the edge of the universe, watching as the parade passes by. Do you ever have those days?
Be well and happy and know when God brings you to mind, you’re tucked into prayer.
Blessings ~ Alexandra Stoddard ~ Peter Magaree Brown ~ Mrs. Stoddard’s many, many beautiful, fine and interesting books ~ GYBP 2015 ~ and you ~