Some people, many actually, are enthralled by this musical taken almost completely from a poem by that Anglo-American literary icon, T.S. Eliot. “Cats” lovers adore the music by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and are happy to forget about the almost plotless story line that finds a beat-up old cat restored to vibrant life.
Others, myself included, enjoy much of the music but really find “Cats” to be a clawless work, more a stagnant showing off piece than anything else.
There's a well known Yiddish expression you may have heard: Der mentsh trakht un Got lakht. Translation: Man plans and God laughs. How often does it happen that your best laid plans get turned upside down by some unexpected development in your life? As Harry Sterling reminds us, sometimes what lands on our doorsteps -- both literally and figuratively -- has a way of reminding us not to be too confident when we map out our paths.
The Rev. Dr. Harry Sterling retired in 2003 from a career conducting research in health and human services and lives with his wife on Prudence Island. Sterling learned to sail in a small cat boat; these days he reads, writes, and volunteers in a variety of community organizations. He and his wife were adopted by a feral kitten, who, after a violent storm, decided to live inside.