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 Astonishing "Someone once told me you just can't teach empathy," says Elly Katz, "but that Sages & Seekers represents a way for kids to begin to learn it." As our weekly meetings progressed, I found myself paired with a young man from Lincoln who, at first, was somewhat skeptical but then became more and more intent on learning about my own life. I had to ask myself: "When had I ever had an opportunity to sum myself up?" At the same time, fourteen other Sages were addressing that very same question while working to establish a comfort level with their Seekers. As the weeks went by (there were eight sessions in all) the atmos- phere in the meeting room on the second floor of Rivers' MacDowell Center took on an air of growing excitement. Sharing a life takes time and energy, but it quickly became a means to self-affirmation for us Sages, just as Elly Katz had intended. Imogene Fish, a 50-year resident of Weston and former Olympic skier shared her life story with Seeker Sal Spofera. Were I to pitch her story as a movie scenario, it might read like this: 'Young woman escapes 120 WellesleyWeston Magazine | fall 2012

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