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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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"If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are." these are the first two lines in Kristin Hannah's excellent book, The Nightingale, spoken by one of the novel's heroines later in life as she remembers the tragic events that occurred decades earlier when the Nazis invaded her small village in France. Husbands go to war, loved ones die, Germans invade private homes, food is scarce, and difficult choices must be made. The story of Vianne and Isabelle is fascinating and captures the resiliency and spirit of two brave women as they cope with the devastating events brought on by the horrors of war. I have always loved reading books about World War II, but one doesn't need to pick up a novel to appre- ciate a captivating story filled with adventure, drama, tragedy, and romance. Just read "An Incredible Life Journey Shaped by Destiny and Determination," our interview with 91-year-old Wellesley resident Larisa Beresowskaja McCue. Similar to the character in the The Nightingale, Larisa looks back on her life during the Second World War with remarkable clarity and shares her intimate memories with us. Writer Elizabeth Suneby and I were honored and delighted that Larisa chose to share her story with WellesleyWeston Magazine. History plays an additional role in this issue with "Buried Treasures." Writer Steve Maas visited our muse- ums and historical societies and spoke with curators to uncover surprising and unusual artifacts that you probably never knew existed so close to home. Read excerpts from war stories by World War I veterans from the archives at the Weston Historical Society. Discover renovated masterpiece paintings at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Take a look at clothing straight out of a Jane Austen novel at the Wellesley Historical Society and a dress made entirely of stamps at the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History in Weston. There's even an actual buried treasure: spoons from the 1700s unearthed at the Golden Ball Tavern and now on display in its museum. Also in this issue we continue our series on "Our Religious Leaders." If you have someone you would like us to profile in this series or in another upcoming article, please email me at jill@welleselywestonmagazine.com. Enjoy the spring! 14 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 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

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