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A Holiday MerryThoughts

To all of you celebrating holidays this weekend, I’m sending an extra little letter with wishes that your holidays be lovely, warm, cozy, and maybe even a little bit magical.

I love the idea that magic and miracles could happen. I like to believe that the possibility of peace in modern times (itself a miracle) is real. I love hearing stories of people loving people no matter what. I am all for the words WONDER and BELIEVE. And so this time of year is dear to my heart.


“Winter then in its early and clear stages, was a purifying engine that ran unhindered over city and country, alerting the stars to sparkle violently and shower their silver light into the arms of bare upreaching trees. It was a mad and beautiful thing that scoured raw the souls of animals and man, driving them before it until they loved to run. And what it did to Northern forests can hardly be described, considering that it iced the branches of the sycamores on Chrystie Street and swept them back and forth until they rang like ranks of bells.” – Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale

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Thanks for listening,

P.S. MerryThoughts is the name of my first book, out of print at the moment. The word is a British one, referring both to a wishbone and to the ritual of breaking the wishbone with the intention of either having a wish granted or being the one who marries first, thus the “merry thoughts.”

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