Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.
I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Mr. Robert Treboux, grand gentleman and owner of my favorite restaurant in the world, Le Veau D'Or in New York, died yesterday at 87.
One afternoon, some years ago, I was sitting at a corner table having a long lunch when a very nice lady behind me complained to her companion that she had been mountain climbing, had been hang gliding, had ridden bicycles everywhere and yet was not very happy. Mr. Treboux saw me grimace and, pointing at me, said "what do you think of that comment?". About two-thirds through a great bottle of Margeaux, I turned to the lady (who was blond, from Connecticut, and about my age) and said as gently as I could "I think you need to do less and live more." She stared at me and then smiled and raised her glass.
He laughed out loud and said "are you sure you aren't French?".
I may never have a ribbon to hang on my dinner jacket, but that was more than enough of a decoration for me.
In my mid 50s, husband, father and itinerant storyteller. I am a putative jazz singer, poet and novelist, dedicated to mining every minute of life for the veins of pleasure they contain. My motto is "Dum Vivimus, Vivamus"..."While we Live--LET US LIVE".