It is with great sadness that I learned a few moments ago that blogger Cathy Seipp passed away earlier today. I had met her at several gatherings of L.A. bloggers as well as at a number of events, including a tribute to her last September. She has been on our blogroll soon after I discovered her blog, ironically in a listing of “must-read” blogs in the Advocate in 2005.
I liked her from the moment first met her in April 2005. I recall how she laughed when I told her I her how I had discovered her blog and learned that despite her listing in the gay & lesbian biweekly, she herself was not a lesbian. I believe it was the night after I met her that I first listed her on our blogroll.
She maintained her good spirits even as she became increasingly aware of her approaching death. Diagnosed five years ago with lung cancer, she remained upbeat until the end, writing when she could, ever attentive the needs of her friends and family, particularly her daughter Maia.
And she was a pioneer in the blogosphere.
Others have offered better tributes than I ever could. Pajamas offers a list of those paying tribute. The LA Times‘ obituary is here. Perhaps because of her political differences with Cathy, Susan Estrich’s tribute is among the most touching. She described the late blogress exactly as I experienced her, “Smart, funny, tough, loving.” Cathy, as Estrich put it, “was a conservative by choice, not by upbringing, and she delighted in exposing liberals for their elitism and insensitivity.”
She was a truly independent voice on the right, slave to no ideology, calling things as she saw them, always speaking her mind, always with insight and frequently with passion. While I am fortunate to have met her, I regret that I didn’t have much time to get to know her.
As we mourn her death and pray for her and her family, I, a man of faith, ask the question so many believers have long asked, the question Rabbi Harold Kushner addresses in his book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People. It is so sad when such a powerful voice is silenced at such a young age, when a good woman dies, denying her family and friends her companionship and her ideas, her wit and her wisdom and above all, the comfort of her presence.
Cathy Seipp will be sorely missed.
As a tribute to this late, great lady, please join me in making a contribution in her name to the Lung Cancer Alliance.
– B. Daniel Blatt (GayPatriotWest@aol.com)
UPDATE: In her touching tribute to Cathy, neo-neocon writes:
There’s an ancient Talmudic saying that when anyone saves a single life it is as though he saves a world. The reverse seems true as well: that whenever anyone departs from this life, it is as though we lose a world.
That about sums it up.