I first heard the awful news yesterday, in an email that pointed to a heartfelt, sorrowful blog post by Kossack nwprogressive. Later in the day, Goldy posted a brief remembrance at Horsesass.org. I urge you to click on those two links, to see Lynn's dazzling smile and to observe a passionate and resourceful woman who inspired all of us here in and around Seattle.
Lynn was always the "adult" in our Pacific Northwest blogging community, the one who anchored us as we battled through tough campaigns and worked to defeat antigovernment initiatives ... and as various of us became disillusioned or exhausted or nasty. When she took on a task -- rural outreach, leadership development, campaign blogging (for Christine Gregoire in 2004), and many more throughout her life -- she was indefatigable. Her commitment and her hard work were always visible, and she was always vitally interested in whatever one of us might be doing or planning. Her enthusiasm and support were invaluable for us all, and will be all but impossible to duplicate.
As nudger, Lynn wasn't a particularly voluble Kossack. She joined early -- less than a year after the Scoop conversion, with a low five-digit UID -- but dKos was never the center of her activism. Even so, she was one of the principal volunteers at the first YearlyKos gathering in 2006. As I said, she always threw herself fully into a project she found intriguing. And getting progressives together face-to-face to talk, to plan, to think, to share, to enjoy each other's company was always at the center of Lynn's activism.
Goodbye, Lynn. Farewell, nudger. You will be long remembered by your innumerable friends.
Updated by N in Seattle at Fri Feb 25, 2011, 10:45:30 PM
As I mentioned in this comment, Lynn's username had nothing to do with "nudge". She wanted to be known as a noodge-er, but she didn't know how to transliterate Yiddish.
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