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On the Mark: Companionship of cousins is a blessing


November 20, 2020

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Christmas 1912 at the Wilson family home in Stillwater. The second man on the left is Donald Wilson Sr., Beth Wilson's father. The woman above him is writer Ann Markusen's grandmother Ruth Wilson Lee. The two families were very close, living blocks apart in Stillwater.

I feel lucky to belong to a huge extended family on both my parents' sides. I'm an "only girl" with two brothers. Our first, second and third cousins have made up for that.

I just spent part of a Sunday afternoon with my third cousin, Beth Wilson, the former music director at Cloquet High School. She's most recently completed a massive scanning of her father's photos, sending me a flash drive I am replicating for the dozens and dozens of cousins we have all over the U.S. (and even Guam!). I led Beth through some yoga poses, and she's helping me find my singing voice (all masked and distance...

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