"Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude" by Kris Francoeur

Episode notes

After sharing an interview with the band Hamjob on our arts podcast, Major Prelude & minor mishaps (Season 2: Episode 7), I received the following email:

From: Kris Francoeur

Sent: Monday, March 25, 2019 11:09 AM

To: George Nostrand

Subject: story idea

Dear Mr. Nostrand:

I listened last week with great interest, and a lot of emotion, to your podcast with Hamjob. Having known those musicians, especially Zack, for many years, it makes me so happy to see their success.

My name is Kris Francoeur. I was the principal of Rutland Middle School, and am now a principal in Middlebury. I also am a published author, both of romance novels, and of a memoir, Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude, which has already released in e-book, and will be in stores in May 2019. The book chronicles my grief following the overdose death of our son, Sam, who is the inspiration for Hamjob's "Sam's Song." My book talks about the grief, and how living in Vermont, connecting with nature, and music (most specifically the music of Hamjob and Twiddle) have impacted us as a family and helped us find joy again.

I was wondering if you'd be interested in a piece about our story, either a written article, or a podcast. If so, please let me know.


Kris came in to the Rutland Herald’s podcast studio on May 1st and we talked about a variety of topics, ranging from access to mental health services to how she came to love the music that used to drive her crazy. She had also met with reporter Keith Whitcomb, Jr. who’s article ran on April 24.

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