It's not like Cris Advincula and I ever met, yet I felt a kinship with him that will last beyond his life and perhaps mine, too.
Today Cris died unexpectedly from complications of diabetes. He was a young man, on his computer, probably creating compelling poetry or images as was his wont. He was ever an inspiring and community building man, always with a positive outlook. Even when the tsunami took everything, still he was able to take it in stride. His strength and his creativity remain as totems and exemplars to us, we who are left behind to try to grasp some corner of his genius before it is blown off into oblivion by the winds of time.