I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday season, and wish a prosperous 2013 for all. I gave myself the gift of distance for the past couple weeks – distance from work and social media…down time. Very nice.
Another gift was seeing Les Mis – twice! Being a fan of the stage, I was skeptical about the casting in the movie, but it was perfect. Yet neither the stage nor the movie tells the full story of Monsieur Madeleine – le nom de Jean ValJean while in Montreuil-sur-mer where he is the town’s Mayor and the master of vast workshops that employed the townspeople of the village. I found a leadership lesson in the pages of Victor Hugo’s description of what happened after M. Madeleine confessed to being ValJean and disappeared. (more…)