February 10th, 2014

A few days ago, in between storms, I drove up to the Montclair Public Library to meet and listen to Jan Philipp Sendker, author of the wonderful books, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats and A Well-Tempered Heart.
WHAT A PLEASURE it was to be in his company. There is a quality of universality about him: His experience inclines toward the practicality of writing for a living as he delves into spiritual, philosophical awarnesses with humility and open-mindedness. He is refreshingly direct and intimate at the same time.
It seemed somehow preordained that, just as I was finishing A Well-Tempered Heart, I noticed on his website that Jan-Philipp would only be speaking close to Princeton on the very next day, a day when many would not be traveling snow and ice-covered roads.
I felt heartened when I spotted him walking in the Montclair Library corridor! He explained that it took him 12 years to get published in America. His relief and gratitude is as endearing as it is deserving.