a reply to: Boadicea
You said it very well... "From Kathy's online "family" at ATS." We really are a family. I see that every day, and consider myself honored to be
accepted into this family, just as I am sure DigginDirt felt.
Like all families, we fight sometimes. OK, maybe at ATS we fight a lot
. That's because there's something besides just DNA that binds us: we are
all fighters at heart. But, again like all families, we care. That is, IMHO, what sets us apart from other online "communities." They're
"communities"; we are a "family."
I didn't know DigginDirt very well. I do remember seeing her posts. She was well-spoken and intelligent, a tribute to ATS. She will be missed.
That's the downside of belonging to a family: when someone in that family makes that final leap into the unknown, it hurts. I have seen many great
members like DigginDirt make that leap, and it always hurts. This time is no different. A part of ATS, and therefore a part of me, is missing.
I take comfort at times like this in something that was once told to me... there is an old Cherokee belief that no one is truly gone as long as
someone remembers them. A part of them lives on in those memories. So I looked up some things:
DigginDirt authored 204 threads, receiving 332 flags from members who considered them worthy. She made 4,940 posts on ATS, receiving 13,606 stars. She
received Staff Applause 54 times. That's a lot of writing, probably more than the average author produces in a career. That's a lot of approval and
agreement from her peers. Those threads and posts are memorialized in the annals of ATS, and help serve as a reminder to remember her... and thereby
keep a small part of her here with us. She will not be forgotten; she will never be truly gone.
We will always remember her. Maybe not as "Kathy," but certainly as "DigginDirt." She close that name; she didn't choose "Kathy."
So RIP DigginDirt. May you learn the truth we all seek in your new life.