Connections

IMG_4665This starts with family. They give me great pleasure, especially the young, who are growing beyond us to take on the challenges of the new generation.

My wife, Isabel Guerrero, is a constant companion in work and play.  She launched the non-profit IMAGO Global Grassroots imagogg.com, as well as teaching at both the Harvard Kennedy School and MIT–all after leaving the World Bank in late 2013. Her final job there was as Vice President for South Asia for five years till June 2013.

Tom Walton is first and foremost a wonderful artist, now teaching painting at the Southeastern Louisiana University.  He has also worked in Philadelphia’s mural arts program for years See Tom Walton Studio.  He has incredible integrity in his art, keeping his own vision in the face of the winds of fashion.  His wife Laura Vélez does compelling conceptual art as well as being a superb portraitist.

Ellie Walton is changing the world through social documentaries that are both moving and beautiful working with wonderful individuals who have often got a raw deal but have a vivid voice. After years of community engagement in Washington she spent nine months in India in 2013 and 2014 on a Fulbright, working with Gujarati girls in one of Pratham’s programmes for dropouts…and is also getting into music videos.  Her partner, Brian Massey, has launched a career in farming.  And their son Rye is a new joy, as my first grandson–here he is!

My niece Caldonia Walton is keeping the family’s dance tradition going, but with true professional engagement: she graduated in contemporary dance in London at the London Studio Centre and is now pursuing a career as an independent dancer, choreographer, director and more.  Amongst many other activities she danced in the closing ceremony of the Olympics!

My sister Diana founded, and still works with, a brilliant programme in the UK that supports young people to develop as artists and arts leader: she founded the young people’s Arts Award  and founded Upstart Projects an organization which supports young creatives in the UK.  Her partner, Andy Dawson recently moved from work supporting business plans for artists and small scale food producers to start his own enterprise, taking cyclists on major biking expeditions in Europe–rideventures.

My brother Rich moved on from designing squash gear to teaching a few years ago and now does on-line conversational English see Rich at fluentify; he lives in Treviso with his wife Serena, a designer, and their wonderful young Italian girls.  And see his video on the delights of prosecco!

Family and a few friends came together in 2013 in Tourrettes-sur-loup, celebrating pleasures of intimacy and laughter (and my 60th)

And then, of course, there remains the memory of our dogs, Copito and Lola!  Both Mexican, Lola the daughter of Copito, they travelled to and from India with us, settled in Washington DC and both passed away in 2015 after a life well lived.