Goodbye Maggie

January 6th, 2017 | Other Projects

Maggie Jochild left the planet this morning. I dug back into the historical recesses of this blog and found this page where her comments created, as they always did, an elegantly digressive, looping colloquy with the other commenters. What an innocent time that pre-Facebook era was. And what a great connector we had in Maggie. She will be missed.

13 Responses to “Goodbye Maggie”

  1. Kitty Barber says:

    Thank you, Alison. I miss her so much.

  2. Acilius says:

    It will take a long time before we can believe she’s gone.

  3. Jain Elliott says:

    Thank you.

  4. Feminista says:

    Rest in power,dear Maggie.

  5. Kate L in Smallville says:

    So sorry to hear this!

  6. Heart says:

    A million tears. This cannot be true.

  7. Aunt Soozie says:

    Thanks for posting this Alison and for fostering our connections here. Love to Margot and all of those touched by Maggie!

  8. hairball_of_hope says:

    Maggie… the fierce, witty, cerebral, loving herstorian and conscience of dykes and disabled. A gifted writer with a strong voice, I once put her in the company of other strong Texas plainspeakers such as Molly Ivins and Ann Richards, but Maggie demurred with down-home “aw shucks” modesty.

    She could be tough as nails, soft as a cat’s furry belly, and funnier and wackier than anyone I’ve ever read (thank you AB for linking to the origins of the Maoist Orange Cake).

    But the overriding qualities Maggie brought to the Universe were honesty and fearlessness.

    Maggie spoke truth, fought injustice, and never failed to call things as they really were. She strove for precision in language, because she understood that language doesn’t merely describe events and things, it frames them and forms the rules of engagement.

    I will miss Maggie’s voice and words, especially in the dark moments of the new political order. She joins those two other strong Texas women, Molly and Ann, who are setting St. Peter straight, so I know she’ll be in good company.

    Goodnight Maggie. Kick some ass in Heaven.

  9. LondonBoy says:

    Very sorry to hear this sad news. My condolences to all who knew her.

  10. Brazenfemme says:

    Such sad news. Although I do not “know” anyone on this blog in “real” life, Maggie and other long time members have been my mentors and go-to community when a queer community was not available in rural settings or due to other circumstances. Although trite to say in the face of a death, I appreciate you all and perhaps we have little conception of the impact we have on others.

    I am teaching a course on disability this semester – will carry her fierce and humorous spirit with me!

  11. Marj says:

    I am bereft, but not bereft. She was in such pain, and her body was falling to pieces; something had to give.

    https://www.facebook.com/margot.williams.50/posts/10155176186509123?pnref=story

    Thank you so much for sharing this experience with us.

  12. […] because Maggie was very ill. A few days later, just a few days after I was introduced to her blog, she died. ┬áIt is clear from her own voice and the voices of those mourning her death that she was a vibrant […]

  13. S. Irene says:

    Deeply sorry for your loss, Marj. R i p Maggie, and I will remember you ripping new places of comprehension in earth and sky.

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