Telling Their Story

“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.”Czesław Miłosz, the late Polish writer. 1980 Novel Prize in Literature.

I find the obits fascinating. I learned a lot about three of my college professors from obits when I wrote my memoirs. One was a political aid at a high level, another was a well-known Biblical scholar and the third was a brave WWII veteran. All those stories completely surprised me. That reminds me of the impact to all of us when learning the stories of Medal of Honor winners who died in their acts of heroism.

It think I have a greater appreciation of what two of our most talented, singers went through from the posthumous movies about them. I learned of Ray Charles traumatic childhood involving his dear brother’s death and Ella Fitzgerald’s life filled with difficult and creepy men from those films.

I am sure glad I had the privilege of publishing my own story. I hope it is of value to my offspring and their offspring when my journey here has ended.

Now that’s a bona-fide finish.