Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mind The Gap

Ric Locke died and he wasn't as well known as some of the other writers I've loved, but he reminded me of all those who have gone before.

The giants upon whose shoulders we stand. The giants whose shoes were several sizes larger than life. Shoes hard to fill.

My father was not a writer. Though he introduced me to Louis L'Amour, he wasn't much of a reader, either. He  died several years ago and news of other deaths take me back to the funeral home in Sparta, Michigan where we honored Dad.

My step-sister's husband loved my dad as much as any of us, and he spoke to me of what a good man Dad was. All I could think of in response was the challenge this posed to both of us as men. Can we be good men like Dad? We must be good men like Dad, because he's gone and someone else must do what he did.

There is a gap in this world. It is created by the loss of great men and women. It challenges each of us to do and to become their replacements.

Dad's death challenged me to be a better father, neighbor, and friend. When I reflect on the deaths of the writers whose prose I've enjoyed, I'm challenged to be a writer who can fill the gap.

I'm challenging you to do the same.


  1. Well put. When people who have inspired or guided me leave this world, their deaths do create a gap that has to be filled. Or to put it another way, we're left with the responsibility to do as much good for the world as they did.

  2. Great title for a great piece of writing.

  3. RIP Ray Bradbury who set a pretty high but inspiring standard...

  4. Bradbury was one of the greats. No question of that.

  5. Great post, so true. All writers need to take up your challenge.


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