If you are very fortunate in this life you will meet a great soul whose love and laughter will fill your days with great joy. Shang-Mei Hillhouse was such a person. Her joyfulness changed the lives of everyone she met. She loved and laughed with such abandon that we had to construct a double “blast door” to hold the sound in the Octagon so as not to disturb our neighbors.
Mei passed from her body on May 1st—May Day, of course. She lives on in the love we carry in our hearts and the memories of the wonderful times we shared.
Our hearts are filled with that special warm sadness. We miss her dearly, and at the same time we feel her living on through the sweetness and deep respect she brought to all of us.