WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 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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Sages & Seekers Florence Maddix, the widow of a distin- guished surgeon and, like Imogene, also a resident of North Hill after decades of living in Wellesley, was able to deal frankly with her Seeker, Shaun O'Hare, in discussing an issue that had distressed her from childhood. Bullied by a group of classmates who could not relate to her interests in art and music, she became sad and withdrawn. "Eventually, I went to a private school," says Maddix. "Then things got a lot better. " The Cloak During the final session of Sages & Seekers the kids stood up to read their essays (or "tributes," as they called them) for their Sages. That's when we got down to the real nitty- gritty. Frankly, I was a bit taken aback by what I heard – but also proud of the candor and even bravery displayed by my fellow Sages. What we all shared in was a good, strong dose of a form of reality that involves raising kids, some of whom had special needs; of marriages that didn't really work out at all (and second tries that really did); of sub- stance abuse (and conquering it); and a cou- ple of delightful success stories. One included a self-described Cherokee woman who made some serious money after college re-brand- ing rural radio stations and then went on to become the first female drill instructor in the United States Marines. And even I have told my life story to a fine young man from Lincoln, from whom I 123 get the sense that he actually heard a lot of what I had to say. Will we be reading about Sages & Seekers in PETER GOLDEN writes about the life of local communities. The New York Times someday soon? I'd like to think so. I think we'd all be the better for it as a people and nation. But think about this: Could you be a Sage? Or would you like your kid to be a Seeker? Consider the possibilities! fall 2012 | WellesleyWeston Magazine

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