I lost my dear friend Maggie Chang last weekend after a year and a half of fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Maggie was one of the most full of life people I've ever known – spunky, funny, thoughtful, smart.
Trying to describe her is going to fall flat, but here are a couple of pics I found on her Flickr and Facebook that I think capture her awesomeness:
My all-time favorite pic of her – I was there the day it was taken at our favorite little beach on Diamond Head (Suicides). Maggie and Tunji had a copy in a frame at their house, so I've seen it often. I lucked into a scan of it on her Flickr account. Circa 1996-ish, at Diamond Head Beach in Hawaii. I met them both a little before this (maybe '95 or so? Shortly after they moved to Hawaii, anyway.)
Playing with El Destroyo at the Roots Rumble, Hong Kong, March 2009
Playing with El Destroyo in Hong Kong, May 2008
Promo shot, October 2009. Photo by Nora Tejada. Styled by Steph.
at the Macau Int'l Music & Arts Fest, August, 2010
Purple always makes me think of Maggie (purple, and pigs, and Hello Kitty). And while I was working in the yard today in this beautiful spring weather, it occurred to me that our Spanish lavender bloomed last weekend for the very first time.
So now every year, I'll think of Maggie when the Spanish lavender blooms.