Remembering @penmachine Derek K. Miller on his birthday #welovederek

Best of 604-097Every year, ever since I met Derek K. Miller (aka Penmachine), I would write a happy birthday blog post for him. And he’d comment on it. I would be invited to celebrate his birthday with his family, friends and him, of course. Last year, my Mom was in town so she was also one of the people who attended Derek’s birthday party. This year, Derek is no longer with us, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t remember him.

Derek would have been 42 years old today. I miss him, in many ways. One of the ways in which I miss him the most is his amazingly incisive writing. I often wonder “what would have Derek written about the riots? What would he have said? . Derek wrote some of the best and strongest analyses of many tough issues. In the past year Derek wrote a blog post that completely mesmerized me, an incredibly kind and gentle post yet a ruthless indictment of anti-gay bigotry in the US (the reason why some young gay children are still killing themselves). Derek would look at tough issues and provide a viewpoint that would be incredibly compelling.

Given that Derek was an atheist, it’s kind of odd for me to say that I’ve kept him on my prayers. But more than anything, I’ve been remembering him a lot today, the day that we celebrate when he was born and that he was loaned to us for almost 42 years. Thinking of Derek on his birthday, today, even if he is no longer with us.

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Comments (4)

Michael KwanJune 30th, 2011 at 11:28 am

I never met Derek, but I can very much sense the impact that he had on those around him. He’ll surely be missed.

isabella moriJuly 1st, 2011 at 4:16 am

i went to a tweetup here in munich the other day, where most people spoke english. the question arose, is “shitload of people” singular or plural? of course i immediately thought of derek – he would have had an answer!

derek, you were such an amazing influence on all of us, in life and in death. happy birthday to you – because you’re still so present in our hearts and minds!

RaulJuly 2nd, 2011 at 9:34 am

@ Michael – he did indeed have an amazing impact

@ Isabella – Same thing, eh? :)

DavidJuly 2nd, 2011 at 11:37 am

I always enjoyed having Derek comment on a blog post (or commenting on his). He always thought about things thoroughly, with both logic and wit. I also wonder what he would have thought about the latest issues (the riots, the HST referendum and carbon tax, the new roof on BC Place). Not having those is a void in my days. I can’t even begin to imagine how big that void is for others.

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