I want to thank Roger Ebert, who I grew up listening to and relishing in his wise critique of the movies we love. He inspired me as a movie critic and as a human being, especially as he ended his life.
I always think it is important to observe a person’s exit in this canvass we call life. It is easy to begin and start out great. For example, I have rarely met a child I didn’t like, but to march through life with passion and humility when one loses one’s ability to speak and eat and drink as he did, is to carry on with a magnanimous sense of joy, and courage. He is a true hero in my book and artist of the highest order.
Yes, he won a Pulitzer and yes he had a star on the walk of fame, but he showed us, in the end, true grace. A canvass to be writen on even after his exit. What will your canvass be? How will you leave your mark? I hope to be as brave as Roger was and as courageous. He will surely be missed.