Introducing a regular column by our wonderful Ellen Blaustein, Maryland, USA. Ellen spent 2006 with us writing global pen pal letters (see Lifestyle section) to her dear friend Joy in Berne, Switzerland. Please welcome her again as she becomes our resident senior voice and storyteller.
Ellen Baron is a wife, mother and grandmother who has had three distinctive careers:
1) as an editor at an educational laboratory;
2) as a businesswoman who ran a private-label group at Black & Decker, and then served as Director of Marketing for a consumer electronics start-up company; and
3) as an academic administrator who was director of a post-baccalaureate business program.
Her 'Just Jobs' (as opposed to "Careers") included piano teacher and French tutor (her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis having been in French).
Now retired from both careers and jobs, Ellen serves on the Maryland State Attorney Grievance Commission, as well as the Boards of several non-profits. She has lived in England, Switzerland and Germany, as well as St. Louis, Boston, a suburb of Washington, D.C., and, now, Baltimore, MD.
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Wonderful, Wonderful Teachers
My Father and Me: Childhood Lessons, Life Lessons
Divorce: An Epidemic
A Midlife Crisis
A Letter to Hella
A Letter to Grandma Ellen
Real Life: Death, Illness, and Health Insurance
Do the Three R’S – Reading, WRiting and ARithmetic Equal An Education?
An Extended Family of European Friends
A Mother and Son Reflect on Fathers and Sons
A Mother and A Daughter: Two Generations Speak
The Agony of Alzheimer’s; the Pity of Parkinson’s
SIBLINGS: Special Connections
Navigating the Shoals