From the Editor
Each of our four offerings tell of a life of meaning. Each tell of deep relationship. How else could the heart be engaged? And there are so many ways. In "The Secret of Bayou Teche," poet Ron Hobbs tells of childhood experience. "That morning cormorants lazed around in the sky; two old pelicans stood sleeping on a rock, and the trees were full with flocks of chattering passerines. ‘Watch the birds, chere they gonna tole you lots of things.’"
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If, as some have said, the longest journey is from the head to the heart, then Phil Cass has travelled a long way. He got a quick start on this inner journey. On the day he received his PhD, he was on the operating table for testicular cancer. That he survived cancer was a blessing for at least a half-million people in Columbus, Ohio.
I hadn't met Rosalie. But my friend, Rahul Brown, called me. He said something about Mother Teresa, about an amazing woman who had gone to Calcutta. She would be at his house in a half hour. Could I meet him to talk with her? I could.
She came from Manila to a ServiceSpace retreat in Marin County. It's where I met this warm, dynamic wonder woman. So carpe diem, was she open to an interview? Getting into Julliard had been a fluke, and becoming an actor, ditto. I mention her working with Joe Papp, John Houseman and Estelle Parsons just to stir your interest. There's much more.
As a boy, Ron absorbed the Louisiana culture of the bayou and its Cajun population. As there must be in every culture, there's a hidden thread reaching toward the stars. "Listen, chere, I'm gonna tole you a story."