This week’s Weekly Geeks is a special one – Becky asked for participants to create a tribute to Dewey, the founder and creative energy behind Weekly Geeks.
Like everyone else, I was stunned when I had learned of Dewey’s passing. She was a constant in the book blogger world – a person who was always right in the center of the community shining her light and encouraging us to come together to celebrate our love of reading and books. Over the past week, watching the people come together to remember Dewey and celebrate her life as well as her many projects, I have shed tears but I have also smiled at how even in death Dewey continues to be a bright light in our little community.
I have spent some time on Dewey’s site this week marveling (not for the first time) at how much she took on in support of the book blogging community. Her events garnered not only support but enthusiasm. I think this was because Dewey gave of herself and because of that she encouraged others to give as well. Only two days before her death, Dewey wrote:
Winter brings the celebration of many cultural and religious holidays; since some of these holidays focus on giving to others, I’m going to give something away in my blog each day of the winter holiday season.
She encouraged others to join her in this personal challenge.
But it was not only during the holidays that Dewey gave…Twice a year she hosted the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon and had dozens of giveaways; she gave away books she loved; she gave us her time…visiting blogs, leaving comments and sharing her thoughts. Throughout all of this, she bolstered the book bloggers’ spirits and no one could have known she was struggling with daily pain and health problems.
I believe the message Dewey gave us is important – to shine our light, to reach out to others, to encourage a sense of community, to be unselfish with our gifts. In a world where too often there is violence, hatred, and greed…Dewey’s message is one we should cling to and pass on to others.
Dewey is gone from this earth, but she will live forever in our hearts.
Rest in peace, my friend.