A little past-due recognition
Life is full of little ironies. In March, 2006, theater-goers enjoyed an off-Broadway revival of a 1968 musical titled “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.” The problem is, Jacques Brel was a heavy smoker who died from lung cancer in 1978, at the age of 49. He’s no longer alive or well or living anywhere, but he is still celebrated.
Compare that with so many others in this world who are still alive and well and living somewhere, but who have never received the recognition they deserve. True, they haven’t written songs or starred in movies. But they have lived their lives – and are still living them – very well indeed. [Read more…]