Journalists must be cautious when using terms like "genius" and "inspired" to describe any person who is central to a story.
Last week in Costa Mesa, this columnist encountered genius while covering a ladies' luncheon on behalf of The Women of Chapman.
Arriving at The Wildflower Linen Salon in the relatively new design center known as South Coast Collection, this particular event was called for noon. A champagne reception would precede a luncheon fashion show created by the woman behind Wildflower Linen, Youngsong Martin.
Donna Bunce, co-chair of the Chapman gathering, called me in advance to explain.
"Youngsong will create a fashion show using her table linens, draping them on models, and pinning the fabric, turning the linens into garments," said Bunce with a twinkle in her voice.
"Really," I replied.
Thinking to myself, I asked "do I really need to go to a tablecloth fashion show?" Frankly, I did not expect to have much to write about it, but I went anyway to show my support for Chapman and Bunce.