I spent what snatches of time I could yesterday glued to the Internet, particularly Dan Markel's Facebook page. He was such a force of energy and vitality, I can't seem to get it through my head he's gone. I knew Dan personally from conversations about blogging and life, mostly at conferences, and mostly from a few years ago. We started out in this business about the same time, and that creates a certain bond.
As our careers progressed, I knew him mostly via Facebook, and what strikes me the most is how engaged a father he was. The last post of his I read was titled Thoughts on Work-Life ImBalance from Those Left Behind. Dan need have no regrets on this score--at least, the two sons he left behind knew that they were loved and cherished by him. I know Dan was a formidable scholar, and that the world will miss his keen mind. But the lesson I take from this senselessness is to follow his example with respect to the more important aspects of life. Thank you for that, Dan.
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