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June 25th, 2011


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12:06 am - Mistral
This week my online friend Mistral died. She posted to livejournal as mistraltoes. I have known her online since the 1990s due to a shared passion for an obscure British SF show. We were very different in outlook: she was a conservative Christian American. Despite our disagreements she didn't fall out with me; she was never rude or unkind. She once told me that I might not believe it, but in her community she was considered rather a liberal.

She suffered from poor health, which had got a lot worse recently, and she stopped posting in the last couple of years. When I am trying to imagine the point of view of a reasonable conservative I often use Mistral as a mental touchstone. Probably still will.

Among my online friends she was particularly close to kerravonsen, who knew her much better than I did. They spoke fairly often by long distance phone. I know many of us will miss her. I certainly will.

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From:sheenaghpugh
Date:June 25th, 2011 07:52 am (UTC)
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She let me quote a short fic of hers in full for the fanfic book; it was, as you might expect, extremely thoughtful and thought-provoking.
From:jthijsen
Date:June 25th, 2011 08:18 am (UTC)
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Mistral was just about the nicest and most reasonable person I've ever had a discussion with. She always tried her best to understand the other person's point of view. I've had several discussions with her via e-mail and even when our viewpoints were completely opposed, we had fun just trying to understand each other, without feeling any need to score points. People you can have those kinds of discussions with are very rare indeed and I've always treasured my friendship with her.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:June 26th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
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I remember her saying once, when I was baffled by some aspect or other of American politics, "You think the US is a democracy, but we aren't, we're a republic." I often think of that when the US baffles me.

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