Phillip Williams 1979-2007

The transition period from 2006 to 2007 has been an interesting one, to say the least. With any luck, the upheavals will not escalate further than the most recent. Over the past couple days, the world lost a beautiful young man who I have known as an acquaintance for many years, but only had the pleasure of calling a friend for a few short but intense months. The heart of Philip A. Williams, a.k.a. “Esoteric von Drake,” officially gave up the struggle last night at 7:58 pm at Sartori Hospital in Cedar Falls. This has been understandably hard for Phillip’s family, but also especially for my wife. Leah and Phillip were longtime friends who lost touch for a few years, then re-connected last year and grew very close. She was with him at his home Monday night when he was struck by a sudden unexpected heart attack; the root cause of that event, like that of his recent long illness, may never be known for certain. True to form, he went out at the “rock star death age” of 27, in the presence of family and close friends.

This is an unusually personal blog post for me, but expect more like it in the future, though hopefully not as tragic in subject. If I had a New Year’s resolution, it is to increase my creative output. I want to write more blog posts, play more music, and craft more computer code than I have for several years now. To do so, I must be more confident and less picky about editing myself up-front, and more patient with myself and others.. It is something that Phillip and I had talked about together, and had plans to work on together. Hopefully, his spirit will know where to find me should I need to be reminded.

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