"Birth, life, and death -- each took place on the hidden side of a leaf." Toni Morrison
Dewey from Hidden Side of a Leaf passed away on Tuesday evening. Her husband just posted the news on her site. Dewey did a lot of amazing things, but I knew her from helping organize the October Read-a-Thon. The connection is more tenuous than, say, my online friendship with Janey, whom I'm meeting for tea next week (though she doesn't know it.) I find myself grieving more than I thought I would - I guess Moonie's onto something, after all.
Moonrat's Goopy Thanksgiving Message was foremost on my mind; Dewey is the first online friend who's passed away.
A friend said recently, "Aren't you a little worried that you're mixing up your online friends with your real friends?" I said, "Uh, no." Because blogging is no longer "virtual" even in the most traditional sense of the word virtual.
If you were acquainted with Dewey, please go over and pay your condolences.