Tom Zajac, you will be missed

Unlike a lot of people in Boston I can’t claim I knew Tom well.  I’m sure that the couple of times we met didn’t make an impression on him at all, as a matter of fact.  But he was a bit of a legend in his own time and, unlike a lot of far less talented people I’ve met, he wasn’t a legend in his own mind.  That much was clear the moment you met him, he didn’t buy into the “Artist as Asshole” phenomenon.

I hate that particular phenomenon.

Regular readers will remember that not long ago I posted in this space about a benefit for Tom.  The link to that post is here.  Teri had told me recently that Tom was being moved into hospice care.  That’s never good.  People generally go into hospice care in order to peacefully move from this world into the next, not to return to the bloom of full health.  Tom had apparently been given about 6 months, maybe less, as a prognosis.

The Early Music community here in Boston has been collectively holding its breath while Tom’s illness has been unfolding.  He was not only a well respected performer here, he was also a teacher and friend to many.  He was also just unfailingly nice.

Tom died on Saturday.  And though I didn’t know him nearly as well as many, I still grieve for those who loved him, especially his lovely wife Lilli, the community of which he was a linchpin, and the rest of us who were touched by his presence.

There is a lovely post about his life here.  I encourage you to read it.  I do not know the author, I found the post by happenstance, but it is beautifully done.

“Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

Shakespeare, Hamlet Act 5, Scene 2

Rest in Peace, Tom.

~Kelly

A Eulogy for the woman who was and the girl who never got to be

Yesterday was my sister’s memorial service.  She was 31.  I’m not going to go into great detail, I already wrote about my reaction the day she died and when her dog, my first niece, passed.  Here it is, my sister’s life, summed up in written form the best way I know how.

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Jasmine Hopkins – my first niece

For those of you playing along at home, it’s been a really weird month here at Casa Dachshund.  The really good, new jobs that are awesome, has nearly been outweighed by the terrible, death and destruction.

Today there was more death.  My first niece died.  Jasmine, my sister’s Pomeranian, left us.

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Just like that, you’re gone

We don’t always know when a chapter in our lives ends.  Very often it happens with a small sound, a wisp of smoke, or the tiniest wrinkle.

Then there are days like today when a chapter closes with a resolute BANG!  A sound like a dictionary being dropped on the floor.  The slamming of an old solid oak door with all the force of the gale behind it – BOOM.

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2015 has been kicking my ass

Regular readers will recall that a little while back I said we’d be away for a while due to the death of a friend.  Truth be told, his loss was, at the time, the latest in a long string of Very Hard Things 2015 had handed us.

It seems, however, that June might bright A New Hope.  (Sorry)  But, before we get to the good stuff, let’s go over where we’ve been, shall we?

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Please Hold, we will be with you shortly

I have a post percolating in my brain about Game of Thrones.  Geoff and I have both been working crazy schedules between his school schedule and interviewing for work and my endless work schedule.

Then Jay died on Saturday.

Jay was really Carron’s friend, but he was a larger than life person who made the world a happier, better, and funnier place for being in it.  I knew Jay through Carron but both Geoff and I had met him and like him immensely.  He was Carron’s brother from another mother and circumstances in life had left him in a position to always make sure that Carron had what she needed if there wasn’t enough work that month.  He was generous, giving, hilariously funny, and kind.  Everything you’d want in a best friend and separated at birth brother.

Jay was violently murdered on Saturday in Mexico.  No, I won’t link to the article or any photos.  We don’t want or need to remember him that way.  I choose to remember him as the kind man who made Carron so happy and and who was so good to so many people.  I choose to remember the man who loved animals and always had a dog nearby.  The man who contributed to animal charities and animal rescue.

So we’ll probably be a little sporadic in posting around here for a while.  Between our schedules and the fact that a giant hole has been torn in Carron’s world, Game of Thrones posts can wait.  We have funeral preparations to make, emails to send, and people to contact.

Requiem in aeternam, Jay.

~Kelly

Rerun S. Hopkins-Michael June 2003 – January 15, 2015

This is not the obituary I thought I’d be writing.  I really thought that Rerun would be with us for a while yet.  Rerun died this morning.  He was 11 years old.

What a handsome boy.
Rerun in profile, before he started to go silver in the muzzle.

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