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For all the years that we have been together, we humans
have never known love to be a popular movement. Unless we consider the Age of Aquarius its equal, the 60’s were also a time of unusual treachery and dissension. Despite our natural energy to “come together,” we are sometimes imposters of the loving ethic that informs opportunity in relationships. Perhaps, more importantly, our ability to reach out and touch each other is increasing exponentially—via the Internet, the ubiquitous cell phone, and the broadcast media—while at the same time we live in an increasingly dangerous and isolated world. The story of Max Saarndt is offered toward an understanding of the unique quality in each that calms an angry spirit, and which joins left and right at the bow of temperance, if not to the seminal love of the universe and its people that is born in us. This is not a new idea, but rather, a look at an old one in a new light. What happens next of significance in this world, may be up to you. Least, it will be at the hand of people.
Max, a gifted artist and mentally challenged father of twin girls, faces life without his wife and anchor after her death from cancer. Evelyn, his soul mate, a woman given to equal simplicity and passion, and a model of normalcy in a home with high school girls, leaves a legacy of caring leadership that is suddenly threatened. Unable to accept his wife's passing as anything but depression, he lapses into the classic symptoms of his condition, and presents his daughters and extended family with the question of how to preserve that legacy and their family intact.
The family draws nearer despite their unique differences. After much personal and legal wrangling, Max returns to his former self at the brink of his twins' first prom night, a life that was hidden in plain sight, the vision reminiscent of his own chance meeting with their mother.
The travel of this family, not unlike so many in an unpredictable world, helps forge a model of leadership, in and outside the home, whose compelling nature may be the cause célèbre of a world in search of meaning.
About Frank Rich
Frank J. Rich is a businessman and founder and CEO of organizational development company encore prÍst international. He has published more than 400 articles on performance improvement, and has also written more than 200 poems, literary letters, short stories, a political irony cartoon strip, and the better part of another fictional novel.