READS: "United in Love, But Living on Separate Coasts" - 8.26.16

And when she was called on by a fellow friend to speak at the dinner, Ms. Stebich’s unalloyed affection became public. “All I could think of to say, ‘I just got to know Anne, and I’m enchanted by her,’ ” Ms. Stebich said.

What followed was “a kind of old 19th-century epistolary relationship,” as Ms. Stebich described it, involving letters and emails back and forth across time zones, often leading to late-night “goodnights” and early-morning “good mornings.”

Ms. Hall advised the pair: “You have to ask, ‘What is important in life?’ At this stage of life, why postpone joy?”