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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One day, a few years ago, as she related, while driving along Route 9 in Wellesley, she found herself listening to National Public Radio. And on some show, she can't remember which one, she heard an author's interview that included the plausible if somewhat unsettling assertion that the world was rapidly heading toward an apocalypse. Katz, who in a previous life was a serious businesswoman not easily persuaded by hyperbole or sensationalism, found herself transfixed by the conversation. As the interview continued, however, an element of redemption crept into the discussion. There just might be a way, the author allowed, to avoid a disaster of global proportions, if only through the actions of individuals. The idea, it was suggested, was for people of good will to launch a personal campaign to make the world a better place. "At that point," says Katz, a diminutive 62-year-old possessed of a wry sense of humor and ingratiating manner, "I had a kind of epiphany. I realized that I myself had to do something, and that there really was one thing in my life I cared about that could make a difference. "I've always really enjoyed the company of older people," she went on. "But if there's one thing I've learned from them it's that the passage of time, changing circumstances, and social conventions have left many of them struggling with isolation. The nurturing relationships and sense of engagement that sustain most of us get away from them as friends pass on, their children go off to live their lives, and so on. When older people and high school sophomores begin to share their lives, all sorts of insights come to light. Seekers PETER GOLDEN writer 115 fall 2012 | WellesleyWeston Magazine

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