Inside the Mind of Isadora

Good-Bye Jamie Dedes’

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Peace I leave you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

I’ve been saddened by the news of fellow blogger/friend/American activist Jamie Dedes’ passing.  I knew she’d been ill for some time. I had hoped I’d hear information that she was recovering and gaining strength. I grew concerned when Hospice came in to care for her during the beginnings of COVID. 

I’d seen some news on Facebook about her death but hesitated and question its truth. 

Now, her son Richard, has posted this information on Facebook: 

Hi, everyone,

This is Richard (Jamie’s son).

I know the word has gone out about Jamie’s passing, but haven’t been able to contact everyone directly. Karen and I have been seeing your posts and tributes and genuinely appreciate your love and kind words. I will be continuing to monitor Mom’s Facebook page and maintain her websites. Please feel free to reach out but forgive me if it takes time to respond.  I’m still getting everything sorted out. Delighted to be connecting with you all! Love and respect, Richard 🙏🏻

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 I met Jamie through a series of challenges at a mutual blog site. Soon, she started to create challenges of her own. She created ‘The Bardo Group’ ‘The BeZine’  ‘The Poet by Day’ .

The Poet by Day is dedicated to supporting freedom of artistic expression and human rights.©jamiededes’

I joined in and found her encouraging critiques of my writing extremely helpful. When I had doubts she inspired me with words to forge on. She said I had a unique writing style and that I shouldn’t change it. My poetry writing insecurities began to fade with every optimistic praise she gave me. Although I enjoy writing stories more than poetry, I continued to write poems because of her.

We found a commonality in our backgrounds. She was born and raised in Brooklyn in a neighborhood not too far from my own. She posted photos of familiar places we both knew.

On one of my posts, I added a photo of myself. I remember her response was, “You’re my sister from another mother.” 

She never thought of fellow writers as competitors. They were her motivation to help create great writers. 

I will miss her inspiring words. Her blog will be up for a while. If you haven’t read her ‘Words of Art’ pop over to her blog. You won’t be disappointed. I’m always left breathless by her words. 

To all who knew her and whose lives she’s touched including her family:

May your troubled hearts find peace and comfort in the knowledge that you are not alone.

May God’s presence ease your trembling spirit and give you rest.

He is there to cast sunlight into all of your darkened shadows, to send encouragement through the love of friends and family, and to replace your weariness with new hope.

Blessings … Rest in Peace Jamie 🙏

2020©Isadora DeLaVega

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

16 thoughts on “Good-Bye Jamie Dedes’

  1. Hi, this is John Anstie, aka Poetjanstie. I am a member of the team on the BeZine. I noticed your comment on the Bardo / BeZine and came here to discover this lovely offering and eulogy for Jamie. As part of the December issue of the BeZine I am editing in a special section dedicated to Jamie. For entry in this edition, we are inviting contributors to offer their thoughts about Jamie in any artistic form, or simply as a personal eulogy. I wonder if you might like to consider offering this post as I think it is particularly appropriate.

    Jamie had the same effect on every creative writer and artist she engaged with, but had the ability to make each one of us feel special and valued. I can see that she has had the same effect on you. If you would like to offer this lovely tribute, please send it to: thezinesubmissions@gmail.com

    We will continue to produce the BeZine quarterly, under the stewardship of Poet and writer, Michael Dickel, who joined us about four years ago. We have promised ourselves to keep Jamie’s legacy alive.

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    • I am honored to share my personal feeling about Jamie in the upcoming newsletter.
      She was a grandiose weaver of words of writing. I loved every word she wrote and will reread many of them before
      her blog site is removed. I am a better person for having known her. Thank you again, John Anstie.
      Be Safe 🙏 Isadora 😎

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  2. I’m so sad to hear about her passing. Thank you for this heartily post in her memory. xoxo

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  3. I am sorry to hear of your Friends passing. My condolences and thought with her family ❤️

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  4. What a wonderful tribute to Jamie — but so sad to hear! Thank you for sharing, Izzy! ❤

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  5. Such sweet words for our friend, Jamie. The world seems emptier now that she’s no longer with us. I came to know her shortly after I started my blog and joined a large, online poetry writing group of which she was a member. She always encouraged me and was eager to share some of my work on her social activism sites. Rest in Peace, Jamie, and love to you, Izzie for a loving tribute for her. xoxo

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