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We Love You, Dewey!

I’m totally speechless and want to talk with you guys about this.


And how do I tell people that I want to go cry, even though I’ve never met her? Who will understand that she was a friend like any other friend “in real life” and that I can’t imagine the world without her?

Dewey gave me something to live up to as a blogger and as a human being. We talked a lot during the Read-a-Thon, and while she did mention some health problems, I had NO IDEA they were life-threatening.

But our chats! Oh, it was like a long lost friend! You’d never know we’d never physically met, she was just the kind of person that opened up and showered you with sunshine.

I just don’t know what to say. I’m not eloquent, and I’m trying not to cry here at work. I’ll mourn for her the same way I’d mourn for any friend: with grief and sadness now, slowly turning to fond memories and a warmness in my heart.

I know there’s more I want to say, but I’m speechless.

I love you, Dewey. And always will. You will not be forgotten, and you have left an indelible mark on me, and also on the world.


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30 Responses to “We Love You, Dewey!”

  1. wordlily

    I agree.


  2. Becca

    Our blogging relationships are unique and special, often carved from a common bond (like books). I was stunned and saddened to hear of this loss, especially as most of us didn’t have any inkling Dewey was unwell.

    My thoughts are with her family and all her friends.


  3. Nymeth

    “While she did mention some health problems, I had NO IDEA they were life-threatening.”

    Same here…I had no idea her condition was so serious 🙁

    You said it perfectly, Trish. She was an inspiration not only as a blogger, but as a human being. She was someone I genuinely admired.

    It’s just so stunning, so hard to believe. A world without Dewey is a much emptier place.

    I will miss her so much. And I will mourn her like I would a friend I’d met face to face. There are tons of people I see every day about whom I don’t care half as much as I did about Dewey.

    Hugs to you, Trish.


  4. Devourer of Books

    Book blog land is a poorer place without her.


  5. Amy @ My friend Amy

    It’s a huge loss. I feel sort of bad for not reading between the lines a little more in regards to her health and taking her for granted. 🙁


  6. Bookfool, aka Nancy

    Trish, I know many of us feel exactly the same way. It may seem strange to feel teary about someone you never met in person, but it’s no different than losing a friend you’ve talked to in person. Last year, I lost a friend whom I’d only spoken to by email (for about 8 years, I think) and it was horrible. She left a big, gaping hole in my life. Dewey’s little corner was an important part of the book blogging community and she’s leaving a tremendous gap, as well. We’ll miss her so much. Lots of hugs to you.


  7. Ti

    I didn’t know her well and was just starting to visit her blog. I’m so sad over the news though. From what I’ve seen of her blog she had a very positive outlook on life.


  8. Suey

    You ARE eloquent… you said it perfectly.


  9. Callista

    I didn’t know she had health problems at all. I felt she was as much my friend as some of my in-real-life friends, more so for some. I was crying and am still very upset. I know some people won’t understand but I don’t care what they think.


  10. bermudaonion

    You said it so well. I think we all feel the same way. I used to here people talk about people they knew on line as friends and I thought they were crazy until I started blogging and now I know how they feel. I feel like I lost a friend.


  11. lisamm

    I remember reading about some kind of health challenge of hers a while back (several months ago) but thought it was more of a chronic, pain-in-the-butt kind of thing rather than life threatening. I’m so sad about it. You said it all very well, Trish.


  12. Dawn

    It is very sad and shocking to suddenly be without our friend. She was strong and private about her health issues; I’m trying to focus on what James said, that she is no longer in pain.

    The way she approached her blogging and this community will continue to be an inspiration.


  13. Kimmy

    I still can’t believe it. I know she had some health problems that she eluded to, but I had no idea how serious they were.

    She will definitely be greatly missed. The blogging world will never be the same.


  14. stephanie

    You said it perfectly, Trish. And truth be told, I’m sure we are all feeling the same things you are. I don’t think it matter whether it’s “real life” or here in this community. Friends are friends.

    I’m still just speechless over it. She will definitely be missed.


  15. Stephanie

    The title of your post says it all…


  16. chartroose

    Yeah, it’s terribly sad. She was so fun and so smart. I miss her already.


  17. Becky

    So sad! I’m totally crying now. My thoughts go out to her family right now.


  18. Heather

    I know. I feel the exact same way. I can’t even say that I was online friends with Dewey, since we did not communicate too much one-on-one, however she is a HUGE presence in my life just because of all the blogging events she ran, and how much she cared about and loved the blogging community. I ALWAYS looked forward to her posts and reviews, and I am really going to miss her. I’m also sitting at work, tearing up, and not knowing what to do with these sad feelings. This is awful, and I feel terrible that we did not know about her health problems, at least to the extent that they were life-threatning. I feel like I took her for granted, and I just don’t know what to say. Honestly. I’m kind of just speechless.


  19. terri

    The friends in our blogging community understand how you feel Trish. It’s a huge loss for us and for the world at large.


  20. Melody

    You said it perfectly, Trish. She will be sorely missed.


  21. Wendy

    Trish, I feel the same as you…I had no idea how ill Dewey was…and it seems to fit her that she would not want to burden her friends with it, but instead shone her light out into our community and showered us with her positive spirit. I have been tearful all day. I will miss her so much.


  22. Teddy

    “She was an inspiration not only as a blogger, but as a human being.”

    Well put Trish! I think we are all in shock. I have spent the evening visting all of the blogs with tribute to Dewey! She will be greatly missed!


  23. Maree

    Trish … your post summed up my feelings exactly. Thank you 🙁


  24. Jeane

    I was so shocked to hear the news. I feel like there is now a huge gap in our community- a void which will be hard to fill. So very sad.


  25. Anna

    Well said! Rest in peace, Dewey.


  26. veens

    can’t believe it either.


  27. Kim L

    {{Hugs}}. I had no idea either that she had health problems. It’s so hard to think about the book blogging community without her enthusiasm.


  28. Natasha @ Maw Books

    Still in shock. I can’t stop thinking about it. FYI – we’ve started a discussion over at the book blogs ning about how to best express our condolences and continue her traditions:


  29. Joanne

    That was perfectly put. This is such a sad time.

    Dewey created a community and touched all of us in some way. And even if we’ve never met face to face, as bloggers we share our thoughts and words everyday. Sometimes this creates a stronger connection than any in “real life”.

    Dewey was a friend to many, who will be missed by all.


  30. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    You are correct that we loved her in spite of not meeting her face to face. I will miss her dearly.


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