Dec 6, 2008

Weekly Geeks #27--My Dear Dewey--A Tribute

I wanted to share with you some great posts on the Hidden Side of a Leaf, which was Dewey's blog. This is the way I will pay tribute to our good blogger buddy, Dewey.

One of the most recent posts that I loved on her site was about the Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett. Despite the rash of bad luck one evening, Dewey took the disappointing events in stride with her husband, spent the evening in a local hotel, and ended up reading half a book in Borders, which forced her to buy the book even though she usually used the library or Bookmooch. This one post sums up Dewey's love of reading, her love of books, and her dedication to the written word. I also found this post to be the most inspiring in terms of how she tried to view most things in life. She took the good with the bad and focused on the positive aspects of the situation. . . no matter what.

Another of my favorite posts was How NOT to Host a Carnival; she had a great sense of humor.

While I may have only known her through email, book reviews, and her blog, I will never forget her love of reading, her love of building community, and her positivity. She built a book community through the Bookworms Carnival, 24-hour read-a-thon, and Weekly Geeks.

She had a loving husband and family. He made her snack plates during read-a-thon and he kept us all informed when she was hospitalized after her "trip" into the woods and when the ultimate sad news came. He should be commended for his thoughtfulness as well, even then he needs us to show him support.

Not only should we show support for Dewey's family, but I think she would want us to continue her projects. One of her projects is still underway with the help of Literary Escapism and I hope you will all take the time to vote on the Top 10 Books of 2008.

Get over there and VOTE!

17 comments:

Tracy said...

What a lovely post Serena. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts.

Serena said...

Tracy: Thanks for stopping by my post. I wanted to join in the tribute.

Scobberlotcher said...

Great post!

Maree said...

Lovely tribute :)

Veens said...

Serena... you have done a reallllllyyy good job.. this is like you saying this for allll of us.... incl me! who can't put up a proper tribute post ..

thanks for doing this..

Dewey will be remembered fondly... always///

Great post.. thanks :)

Serena said...

Thanks, Karen.

Veens: I wanted to do something for everyone. . .that way if anyone was at a loss for words, they could come here and comment about Dewey and how much they will miss her. Thanks for stopping by the post. I'm glad that you felt included. That was my intention.

Shana said...

Nice post, Serena. I like that you've included links to specific blog posts. I just voted for the best book of 2008.

Shana
Literarily

Serena said...

Shana: Thanks for stopping by and voting on the books.

Trish said...

Beautiful tribute--I loved her post for The Uncommon Reader as well and immediately put it on my wishlist. Dewey was so amazing at community building here.

Serena said...

When any blogger says they were in a bookstore and started reading abook and had to buy it, I usually consider it for my tbr list. But when dewey says it, its even more of a recommendation because she did get so many from the library and bookmooch.

Terri said...

Serena, that's beautiful. The more I learn about Dewey, the more amazed I am at all she accomplished! Isn't that the way of it when someone dies.

Serena said...

Terri: Unfortunately that is true. You never realize how much one person can accomplish until they are gone. It's sad. Dewey was a wonderful woman.

Nymeth said...

Thank you for this post, Serena. Like others have said, I love how you reminded us of specific posts of hers.

Serena said...

Nymeth: It was my pleasure to post it. She had a great sense of humor and her posts were inspiring to me on many occasions.

literatehousewife said...

Thank you so much for the link to the Uncommon Reader review. I hadn't read it before and it was absolutely beautiful.

Serena said...

Dewey just had a way of capturing my attention sometimes...and that was one of the most memorable for me.

Anna said...

Her post about Uncommon Reader really stuck with me. A couple of days after reading it, I was in the bookstore, picked up that book, and told hubby about Dewey's story. It's amazing how people you never meet in real life can affect you so much.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric