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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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ball right down the middle of the fairway every time. They're not experimenting for fear that exploration will somehow deny them these cultural plums they have been trained to want. Teens all see college accept- ance as a referendum on their quality as a human being and as the determinant of the success or failure of their life after college. It's bad. I often witness how many kids watch to see my reaction to the list of schools they are applying to. If they perceive that the schools they mention are not prestigious or impres- sive enough to the adult to whom they are speaking they feel as if they have let people down. "I am only applying to Bucknell, not Princeton." I also write about preparing for college, which has become positioning for college. I have a chapter on sports and how mercenary they have become. Another on race, money and materialism, the importance of commu- nity – of being one of many, and I end with a chapter about mortality. I start with parenting and end with mortality, covering the full arc. WWM: If teens could come away with one single message from your book, what would it be? DM: That life is a joyful adventure and don't burden yourself with silly things that don't matter. Life goes by way too quickly anyway. If things that don't matter distract you, you are going to miss out on so much that's lovely and terrific. 69 s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e 060-069_WWMb14_f2f_McCullough_v4_WWM_interview 4/24/14 2:17 PM Page 69

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