IRIS APFEL AND CARL

Iris Apfel, born Iris Barrel, is a nonagenarian. Nearly a centenarian. Ninety-eight years alive on this planet, up and taking nourishment. Her signature eyeglasses are twice her size. Think about her. Think she knows something? Anything at all? Or are Iris and her thoughts simply of no moment today? It amazes me that to some, this could even be debatable.

Not enough attention is paid to the forebears of our existence who are able to impart a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to those of us who ask questions and are willing to listen. More often than not, we’re in too much of a hurry or are so immersed in our…