"Oner,” a slang word that crossword-puzzle-makers favor, is defined as a “rare and unique person, someone especially excellent.” We just lost two oners: Century board members Paul Simon and Al Ward. Each was an exemplum, which medieval dictionaries defined as something cut out, “like a clearing in the woods.” Clearings define the woods, let light in and permit cultivation. Paul and Al both defined a Christian way of life in the dark-woods worlds of politics and corporations. They helped dispel darkness. They did not pursue careers; they cultivated vocations.