Over the course of her career, Marilyn Snell (pictured) has served as executive editor of Utne Reader and as a senior writer for Sierra magazine. But it was while on vacation in Greece in 2012 that the USC graduate journalism alum, now 57 and a freelance environmental journalist, made her most important life decision.
Per another great New York Times “Vows” column, this one by Deborah Schoch, she reached out via Facebook to an old boyfriend. Snell and architect Gregory Williams had dated in the late 1980s and early 1990s, before going their separate ways. The two were married last month. From Schoch’s piece:
Snell’s earlier relationship with Mr. Williams, which spanned five years, began in 1984, while they were commuting from Berkeley on Bay Area Rapid Transit to downtown San Francisco. Mr. Williams, a newly minted architect, couldn’t help looking her way one night when the two found themselves the sole passengers on a train car rumbling under San Francisco Bay.
“I wasn’t going to just sit there,” recalled Mr. Williams, now also 57, who crossed the car to introduce himself. By the time he disembarked, they had exchanged phone numbers. Lunch followed, and then museum visits, reggae concerts and road trips. They shared a passion for the arts and nature.
All these years later, Snell confessed to Williams after they had reconnected that she always believed she’d wind up “living by myself in a shack in the desert.” Thankfully and gloriously, she is now headed for something more vibrant as the new couple plans to build an environmentally-friendly home in the mid-city Los Angeles neighborhood where Williams’ parents once lived.
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