A small world of instant love and a touch of genius

Here are some interesting discoveries I’ve made while putting together this blog for the past month or so.

One, it’s a small world full of peculiar coincidences.

Two, some people really don’t need any time to get to know each other before concluding that they are meant for each other.

Three, there is a high school in the United States that is a virtual genius factory.

It’s a small world

Most recently, while interviewing the parents-in-law of my good friend, Beth Fand Incollingo, and her husband, Jim Incollingo, we got to talking about where I live, Morrisville, Pa.

When they heard me mention Morrisville, they said that their oldest granddaughter, Stephanie Covaleski, just recently moved onto a farm in Morrisville with her boyfriend.

Well, knowing that there aren’t many farms in Morrisville, and the fact that a young couple just moved into an apartment on the farm where I live, Snipes, I put two and two together and concluded that their granddaughter and I are almost certainly neighbors.

Sure enough, when I introduced myself to my new neighbors the other night and told Stephanie of my interview with her grandparents — and my friendship with her Uncle Jim and Aunt Beth — she was as perplexed and amazed as any of us.

What a small world.

Love really at first sight

There is a couple in West Windsor, N.J., who have been married for 61 years. They celebrated their most recent anniversary on Sept. 20.

Unfortunately, the wife was uneasy about having their names and stories on the Internet, so they backed out of participating in this project after she realized this was going to be published online.

Still, there was something remarkable about their story that’s worth telling even without their names and a more complete look at their marriage.

They got engaged just a couple hours after first meeting one night in New York City. And neither has regretted that decision one second since.

She said she has one bit of wisdom for young people contemplating marriage.

“Don’t marry anyone who wants to change you and don’t marry anyone you think you’re going to change because, over time, you each change in ways you may not realize,” she said.

Genius factory

Bronx High School of Science in New York City is a school of remarkable pedigree.

It isn’t a school in which I would have taken any particular interest, except for the fact that Edith Marlin, one of the people I interviewed recently for this blog, had told me that she used to teach there.

Well, as it turns out, Bronx High School of Science claims seven Nobel Prize-winning physicists among its alumni, more than any other high school in the United States, according to The New York Times.

I wouldn’t have read The New York Times piece about the high school’s Nobel connection if not for my interview with Edith Marlin. And it’s a public high school to boot.

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