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Monday, January 31, 2011

RIP Chris Monson aka snaggletoothie

Chris Monson (1948 - 2011)

This morning I was greeted with very sad news. Chris Monson, a fellow conservative blogger and on-line friend, has passed away recently.

From his on-line profile:

"I was a nurse until 3 years ago. I worked on psychiatric and chemical dependency units. I am now disabled because of spinal injuries. I cannot walk very well. My use of my hands improved enough so that I can type and open some jars. I do a conservative political opinion blog with music and poetry. I am nearing the launch of a blog that will be devoted to discussion of the classic great books from Homer to Joyce and Faulkner.

According to Pat Austin at And So it Goes in Shreveport...:

"I received an email from Chris's father this evening telling me of his son's death. Chris suffered a seizure Monday, fell and hit his head, and by the end of the week he was in a coma. He died Friday afternoon."

Chris was an early follower of this blog (as he was of Pat's). I had several online discussions with him on many blogs and found him to be kind, witty, intelligent, and well-informed on a wide variety of subjects. We shared a fondness for literature and several times Chris directed me to informative articles about my writings' subjects-- articles that would have completely escaped my notice otherwise. The novel I'm currently working on changed significantly because of one of his suggested readings. When my hard drive failed and I lost a draft of my last book, he was one of the first to encourage me to get back to writing. It was a small thing, but I appreciated it a great deal.

His own political blog, Snaggletoothie of the Loyal Opposition, was always a joy to visit, full of videos-- topical and informative or, at times, just fun. His literary blog The Chinese Jar was likewise a frequent place for me to wander about. Chris was in the midst of posting video readings of Shakespeare's sonnets.

Again from Pat:

"His dad requests that any memorial or donations be made to the charity of your choice in Chris Monson's name. Or just snaggletoothie.

"His dad's blog is here and his post on Chris is here, should you like to leave a message."

My deepest sympathy goes out to Chris' family. Those of us out here on the internet who came to know Chris will feel the lack of his wit and kindness.

Rest in peace, Chris Monson. You will be missed.


  1. I didn't know Chris, but I am a little bit familiar with his blog due to Jill Pundette's blogroll. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend and my thoughts and prayers will be with all of his loved ones at this sad time.
    Reading the loving tribute that you've written for your friend makes me regret that I didn't get to know him, he sounds like a wonderful person.
    I'm sure some of his fans frequent my A-C page of facebook, I'll share this post so they'll know.
    Again, I'm very sorry for the loss of your friend, Yukio. (((hugs)))

  2. This is so sad! He was such a smart guy and lots of fun to read. I'll miss him.

  3. Heartbreaking. I will miss Chris very, very much. This is a terrible loss. Thank you for letting me know.

  4. I'm going to miss Chris's online presence very much. He was a sweetie as well as a courageous man and a gentleman. May he rest in peace.