Auf Wiedersehen

I’m always thrown for a loop when someone I admire has passed away. It makes me think of how short our lives are. Today I heard about Roger Ebert and recall the many times I watched him flag his hands in the air and took heed to his either thumbs up or thumbs down that became his moniker. Last night another blow— and another light extinguished—Oscar-winning screenwriter and award-winning novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala died.