Most men measure success as their achievement; facing death recalibrated mine to the success of others.
The kings of Versailles realized the responsibilites of their power & the promotion thereof required various levels of intimate access for their nobels. Perhaps an American president’s relish for privacy (even if for family time) comes at the expense of his or her service to their people.
(Community Matters) Joined Charles Santos in Paris for a few days – he’s here primarily for today’s performance and dinner at Versailles, and we’ve been seeing lots of dance since I arrived Friday; he arrived Thursday.
A bit of craziness getting here – from Newark, while I was on the telephone catching up with one of my dearest friends in the world (Sonya Cohen Cramer who is recovering on schedule from her operation and has started a final four rounds of chemo), my Paris bound plane loaded and departed while I was on the telephone. When I walked up to the podium and asked what happened to the plane (the sign had changed to Oslo), the attendants were incredulous, saying they’d been paging me. They were sweet nonetheless and immediately booked me a good seat on the next flight – just two hours later.