Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It was only two and a half weeks ago that I posted "Farewell to our friend", Kirsten Dahlen. It is with deepest regret that I now share the news that Kirsten passed away unexpectedly in her sleep yesterday. As you can imagine, her family and friends are devastated.
Some of you got to know Kirsten through my blog and became faithful followers of her 'Traveling Turtle Girl' blog. Kirsten was a dedicated Park employee and passionate about her work. We were so lucky to see the Gulf Islands National Seashore through her eyes with her beautiful photographs of shore birds and sea turtles on Santa Rosa Island.
A quote on her blog says so much about Kirsten spirit. It reads,
"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time."
~~ Jack London
Kirsten's family are suffering a great loss and while we want to respect their privacy during this devastating time, you may send condolences to her family through her brother-in-law, Tom Freeman at Tom.Freeland@Duke.edu. I think it is important to let them to know how Kirsten touched the lives of others in a very special way.