Now that I have the time, at least temporarily, to do some volunteer work, I was intent on walking the walk. Yesterday I offered through SAGE to take an elderly gentleman to his chemo session. I had no idea I’d be meeting one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. His name is Jacques Beaumont, and he and his partner Richard were in the New York Times not long ago for being married when both of them were in the hospital at the same time.

Jacques likes to talk and pretty much didn’t stop from 9:00 am until I dropped him off at home seven hours later. His world- and cultural knowledge are extensive, and I must say it was a great privilege to meet him, never mind the volunteering.

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