Tina Loney (1943-2006)
Portrait originally uploaded to Flickr by dgans: David posted this terrific picture of onezie, along with some very sad news. She died today after a long illness that she didn't want to discuss online.
So hard to believe she's really gone.
Here's part of what I posted in the Tina topic in the (members-only) WELL news conference:
One of the reasons I've personally
been committed to working at The WELL for many years through a variety of times is in honor of the spirit and intention i read in these words [A great essay that Tina wrote about cultivating online community].
So many people have cherished her words, her larger-then-she-ever-knew influence and her awareness that The WELL never has to be only dry
ones and zeros, or remedial high school for grownup geeks if we remind ourselves of the real people at all those keyboards.
I'm so sad. Losing such a real person, who cared about the experience of others, from her keyboard. From our lives.
She'll be entangled in the social coding and DNA of this place as long as real people log in here. But that's not the same. Not the same at all.
A moment for Tina. For passing along her wisdom. And for all those she touched online, in her private life and as a dedicated school teacher. Why is it that responses to loss of the most memorable people in our communities is sometimes what it takes to know how real a community is?