"This love of life makes me weak at my knees." - from the Kinks song Strangers, by Dave Davies.
Of all the contributors to BDNE's "Sequins of Events", Larry Carradini was one of the best. Not only could I count on him to provide tight, well-crafted copy in a timely fashion, Larry often found one small detail or moment that set the tone for the whole event. And he was the best fashion reporter ever. His detailed costume descriptions (down to fringe length and accessories) were masterful.
I met Larry through his wife, Meg. You know her as Morgana Mirage, dancer and BDNE associate editor. It was always a pleasure to attend or participate in the events that they sponsored. Skillfully interweaving their passions for poetry and dance, these events paid homage to Rumi, Poe, Bram Stoker...even the Brides of Frankenstein. While Larry was definitely a member of that rarified fraternity of belly dance husbands, his support of and participation in belly dance events went above and beyond - not only because it was important to his beloved, but because he appreciated the passion, effort, and artistry of it all.
Larry died this past Thursday, after a long illness. It seemed to me that he always tried not to let it get the better of him, not because he was courageous (which he was, in spades), but because he loved his life and what filled it - Meg, their cats, fly fishing, family and friends, poetry, jazz, science - and his priority was living it. It was his superhero power, and now it is part of his legacy. With apologies to the Book of Common Prayer, in the midst of illness and death, we are, in fact, in life. Thank you, Larry, for reminding us of that.
As I have mentioned before in this space, I'm not sure yet of my personal beliefs about the afterlife. But gosh - wouldn't I love to hear from Larry about what Samia Gamal is wearing today.
Services for Larry take place on Friday, May 9 at the Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home in Lowell, MA. There will be calling hours from 4:00 - 7:00 pm, followed by a memorial service at the funeral home.