Add this to another long list of regrets in my life: not meeting my good friend, fellow musician and all around rock-solid human being, Rick Harrison.
I was notified just a few moments ago that Rick died a few days ago of a heart attack, 11/14/2008.
I cannot begin to share my sadness. Although I never met Rick, he was an indelible part of this site. We shared a lot of ups and downs in the last several years, personal, political and otherwise.
He was a good friend to all the editors here and one of the earliest, original members of The Agonist and had the best, most wicked sense of humor I’ve come across in a long time. He rarely wrote diaries, but when he did, they sang out with life and an affirmation that goodness was real and possible, that family and friends and song made life worth living.
I literally just found out a few moments ago and wanted to pass on the information.
I’ll be posting some highlights from his diaries and thoughts from his family very soon. But for now, my heart and prayers are with the Harrison Family and his wife today. Rick was one of our own. One of the best, one of the good guys. And I will miss him, very, very much.
Other editors of the site and readers are welcome to add to this post their thoughts as well.
Update: I hate having to type this, but here is his obituary, please sign the guest book, and as Rick was in life, so he is in death, suggesting donations to charity in lieu of flowers. We really have lost one of our own. As the day wears on I realize just how much I will miss Rick.