WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

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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artist profile "crisp, elegant poetry" Narratives from the farm captivated her: afternoons spent hiding in the hayloft taming kittens, her deep friendship with her beloved Morgan horse, stories the blacksmith told as he shod the animals, rides to the pasture on the 18-hand work horse before the advent of the tractor. Nature anchored her then and continues to be a reference for her writing, although her real focus is people and rela- tionships. Carol grew up with storytelling; her father, a sophisticated Boston lawyer by day, shared her love of stories and would craft sponta- neous tales of his children's imaginary adven- tures with Leo the Lion during weekend drives to the Cape. Told with exaggerated gestures, exotic accents, dramatic pauses, and unex- pected changes in intonation, his stories filled the room, causing people to laugh, consider, and, perhaps most profoundly, to take notice of seemingly inconsequential moments of their days. And take notice she did. A voracious writer, young Carol was "driven, absolutely driven" to record her observations in journal after journal. "Writing was my lifeline; with- out it, I felt that I might get lost, or drown," she remembers. An avid reader as a young girl, Carol read stories featuring horses and dogs fervently, and was fascinated with Reader's Digest, regu- larly consuming the magazine's vocabulary challenges and "Daily Life" jokes. Inspired by the conciseness of the digest's stories, she 148 WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012 BRIAN SMITH

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