Marsha Cousens Meckler
|Over the past 50 years I’ve
had two husbands, two daughters, two
careers, and three broken elbows; lived in three cities; traveled
to 49 states; walked or swum the
equivalent of about 35,000 miles over 30+ years; had many successes and
made countless mistakes, all of which, I hope, have taught me something
I needed to know.
After Cass Tech and Wayne, where I earned two degrees (Monteith College and Law), I moved to Ohio, where I married Bill Meckler, got a second law degree (Masters of Law), and practiced law. I remained in Shaker Heights, Ohio, until 1990; however, neither the marriage nor the lawyering lasted very long; I now refer to myself as a “recovering attorney.”
I co-directed the legal writing curriculum at Cleveland State Law School in the early-1980s, then became a self-employed writing consultant, helping lawyers and legal professionals to write better and without “legalese.”
In 1989 I married Michael Weinstein, a Mumford 1959 grad and Monteith classmate, who has been a sociology professor (at the University of Hawaii) since 1967. Following a year-long sabbatical, he returned -- and I relocated -- to Honolulu, a city of almost one million people.
Life is much calmer here than it seems to be in large cities elsewhere, and I have become less frantic than I used to be. I get to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds me almost every day when I am outdoors exercising.
My daughter Amy, 38, is a sign-language interpreter and award-winning poet. Laura, 40, is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and is a White House Press Correspondent. She and her husband, Paul Brodsky, are expecting their first child in early-August.
Last summer, while visiting friends in Cleveland, I “rescued” my Cass Triangle from a friend’s attic, where I had stored it when I moved. Once I brought it back with me, I enjoyed seeing so many once-familiar faces. I’m looking forward to seeing many of them in June.
Marsha Meckler (Midge Cousens)