A Loss Beyond Words…

I am stunned and terribly saddened this morning to learn that one of the most energetic, creative, and original bloggers in the blog-o-sphere has passed away. I learned this morning that Dewey of The Hidden Side of a Leaf died Tuesday evening. I am having trouble envisioning the world of book bloggers without Dewey in it. Her positive energy and infectious love of reading and books will be terribly missed.

I have no words…

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    • Laura on December 1, 2008 at 08:53

    I also just learned about her passing. I had no idea she was so ill; her blog posts never let on. I will miss her enthusiasm, too.

    • Kathy on December 1, 2008 at 09:01

    My heart just sank when I read the notice Dewey’s husband put on her blog. I was shocked and saddened as well.

    • Wendy on December 1, 2008 at 09:13

    Laura: I did not know she was ill either – I guess she didn’t want people to know. I will always think of her as the ultimate community builder…

    Kathy: It is a shock. She will leave a hole impossible to fill.

  1. I am sad and empty today. I will miss her. I hope that she has found the peace she so richly deserves.

    • Darlene on December 1, 2008 at 11:41

    This is very sad. I was so shocked. I remember on the read-a-thon she had been sick and ended up in the hospital but I had no idea it was this bad. She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to her family.

    • Anna on December 1, 2008 at 11:53

    What sad news. I still can’t believe it.

    • Alyce on December 1, 2008 at 11:58

    I was shocked too. I think you said it best – I have no words either.

    • Suey on December 1, 2008 at 14:34

    I too am having trouble envisioning the book blogging community without her.

  2. I agree, Wendy, she was such a great community builder here in book blog world and I suspect in other places too. I was stunned to read about her passing. I checked her blog very first thing when we got home today as I was looking forward to her Weekly Geek post all weekend.

    I’d love it if we could think up some kind of Dewey memorial event. But let’s let it sink in a bit first.

    • twiga on December 1, 2008 at 17:49

    I know – this was such a shock to find out! She was a great contributor to the book blogging world.

    • Vasilly on December 1, 2008 at 17:59

    Dewey will always be missed.

    • Lexi on December 1, 2008 at 18:21

    We will all miss her. She was such an amazing spirit in the blogosphere. It’s a terrible loss for everyone who knew her.

    • Wendy on December 1, 2008 at 22:20

    Thank you all for your comments – I have spent a good part of tonight reading tributes to Dewey on the blogs…what an amazing woman she was to have touched so many hearts.

    Terri: I agree – we need to do something special in Dewey’s name…right now, I just cannot think of what to do. Perhaps as you say, we should let this sink in a bit first.

    • Teddy on December 1, 2008 at 23:11

    We do need to do something to honor her. Even if it’s to set a certain time and day to all be silent or blog. I don’t know. LIke you said, we need time for it to sink in.

  3. Like everyone else I’m shattered by this news. I had no idea that she was so ill. We do need time to recognise the enormity of the news but I agree, we should do something to remember her by.

    • Jeane on December 2, 2008 at 10:17

    After reading her husband’s post it was on my mind all day yesterday, but I am still so shocked I cannot think of anything to say. I appreciate reading everyone’s eulogy posts, but have difficulty forming any words myself. I never saw this day approaching.

    • Becky on December 2, 2008 at 13:51

    I was thinking that it might be nice for those bloggers who are Weekly Geeks to pay tribute to Dewey in the next week or so. To take the time to post to their blogs a “Weekly Geek” post about Dewey–maybe share their favorite posts from her site, maybe share a memory or two about participating in weekly geeks, the bookworms carnival, the 24 Hour Readathon, or one of Dewey’s challenges, maybe just share a favorite memory of Dewey in general, what they’ll miss most, how they’ll remember her, etc. I’m going to try to post mine this Saturday–but bloggers anywhere and everywhere are encouraged to post whenever they want.

    If you’re interested please SPREAD the word to all your blogging friends.

    Note: You wouldn’t have to have been an ‘official’ weekly geek to join in on this. New participants joined on a weekly basis. There was always room for more then…and now.

    • Joanne on December 2, 2008 at 23:56

    Dewey will be missed by so many, she made an amazing impact on everyone. So sad 🙁

    • Wendy on December 4, 2008 at 08:47

    I appreciate all the comments here – I think we are all feeling similar ways…and I am happy to see that there will indeed be things going on to keep Dewey’s projects running and ways to honor her memory. I’ll post updates on those as they are formulated.

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