WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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my idea of a perfect day is spent on a beach with my husband and two adult children, relaxing and telling stories. It doesn't happen often as my son and daughter live in different cities, but when we do have the chance to reunite, there's nothing better. Last month, we had the wonderful oppor- tunity to spend some time together in Florida, and between paddleboarding, sailing, and swimming, we shared many laughs as the "kids" told some of their favorite high school stories that I'd never heard about until now. And that's probably a good thing. Now successful adults living on their own, both of them said that, without a doubt, their years at Wellesley High School provided them with the educational foundation to succeed in college and in their careers. They loved their teachers, some of whom are still at the high school today, and credit these teachers for providing them with the writing and public speaking skills they still use every day at work. One of Wellesley High School's exceptional teachers is David McCullough, Jr. An English teacher for almost three decades, McCullough was thrust onto the national stage when his 2012 Wellesley High School commencement address went viral with more than two million views on YouTube. His new book, You Are Not Special…and Other Encouragements, has just been published, and I know you'll enjoy reading his views in our face-to-face interview. Also in this issue, we begin our four-part series on senior living in our communities. Our article, "Making Home a Safe Haven as You Age," details ways to modify houses to make them "senior friendly." In our next issue, we'll discuss the range in housing for seniors from independent living to assisted living to skilled nursing facilities. With so many options out there, I hope our article will provide you with a starting point, whether making a decision for yourself or on behalf of elderly parents. If there's a topic you'd like us to cover in our senior living series or in general, please send an email to me at jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com. And don't forget about our About Town and Inbox departments for your event photos and business and community news. The popularity of Inbox grows with each issue, and we're sorry we can't publish every item we receive. We will make every attempt, however, to post all of your news online, so please visit us often at wwmblog.com. I hope you enjoy our summer issue and take it with you to the beach, the pool, or on your summer vacation. 16 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 editor's letter J I L L N I L S E N jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com C A R O L Y N R O S S 016_WWMb14_ed lttr_sum14_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/22/14 4:05 PM Page 16

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