I have been hobby writing in various genres, for private and public consumption, since pre-teens. I have contributed articles for no pay to community papers in the past, as my way of keeping involved, connecting with people and shedding light on things that make us better human beings.
In June 2012, Gleaner News , whom I had an association with going back a few years, sent out a call for writers. I volunteered to do an article about a young comedian who had found out he was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer and decided to shed no tears about it. Instead, he set out to make people laugh.
His name was Joel Taylor, and I am still recalling that after work meeting at a popular café when I chatted with him, his stage partner and his manager (also real life partner). The article, For Joel’s Benefit, was published in Gleaner News online on June 6, 2012.
For some reason Joel came to mind in June last year and I was curious to know if he had miraculously made it, so I googled him. Not so – it was one of the moments when I went into freeze mode. He passed on June 20, 2013, a little over a year after the article was first published. I may have gotten his last interview. I remembered him today because his family had held a a tribute to Joel’s life and work on June 23, 2013, and I felt an impulse to read his Star Obituary.