WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

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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cemeteries always get a bad rap in the fall. Front yards are turned into makeshift graveyards complete with skeletons and cobwebs to celebrate Halloween, and eerily lit tombstones are depicted through- out the media to create a spooky, creepy mood. I've always found cemeteries (most, at least) to be beautiful, peaceful, serene, and very mysterious. I recall quite vividly walking hand in hand with my grandmother when I was very young through the cemetery in northeast Ohio where her parents are interred. It was so quiet and lovely along the tree-lined path, and I took the job of laying flowers on the graves very seriously. Fast forward almost fifty years later when, a few years ago, I gathered at the same spot with my parents, children, and other relatives for a graveside ceremony to say farewell to my beloved grandmother. The day was bone-chilling cold with temperatures well below freezing, but the sky was a brilliant blue and the sun was shining brightly to warm the still air, if only a little. We were gathered under a canopied tent waiting for the minister to say some final words when all of a sudden, a tremendous, noisy gust of wind broke the solemn quiet, startling all of us and threatening to blow the tent away. A stunned silence ensued only to be interrupted by my son's enthusiastic admonition: "Grandma, stop that!" Was that wind gust perhaps my grandmother exhibiting her fiery personality one last time? Who knows? In this issue, we visit Wellesley's and Weston's lovely cemeteries and learn about some of the fascinating, famous people interred there. I had no idea that the man who wrote "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" was a minister in Weston and is buried in Linwood Cemetery. Or that the composer of "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth," is from Wellesley and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. I know you'll enjoy reading about these gentlemen and the other illustrious folks who walked before us. Also in this issue, we conclude the "Our Religious Leaders" series with three additional profiles of people who are spiritual leaders in our towns. And, we celebrate a number of student athletes who are using their love of sports to create innovative ways to help others. If you're looking for ways to help motivate your mid- dle or high school student this fall, you'll definitely want to share this article with all of the members of your household. And, to help solve the problem of what to pack for school lunches, our Food and Wine department features local celebrity chefs who also happen to be parents. They have some great ideas on how to create healthful, fun lunches that your kids are sure to love. Enjoy! 14 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 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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