Someone invariably comes up with unexpected advice that changes the trajectory of your life forever. It could be a teacher, a coach, a poet. In my case it was Alain Shapiro.
My wife and my children have long heard me present him as a wise guide who has traced my path. We weren’t friends, just English office neighbors in high school who got angry. But he made his mark in two separate encounters five years apart that no mentor or confidant has ever matched.