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10-03-2008 3:58 AM -- By: Ronald E. McGee, From: las Vegas nv
A bright light in a senseless world.. I am saddened by this young woman's death. It's not fair it's not right
10-03-2008 3:29 AM -- By: a zulah, From: sf
my friend kirsten reminded me to overlook the little bulshit differences that seperate the multitude of us alternatives addicts
my friend kirsten made vegan cupcakes that made the teargas and concussion granades seem like fireworks in the background of our adventures
my friend kirsten talked about our drug and violence infested gentrifuckedup 'microhood' in a way that made it bearable enough to make it exciting to come back to and fix together
my friend kirsten
10-03-2008 2:54 AM -- By: Deedi, From: Berkeley, CA
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Kirsten Brydum. I know the Dolores Park Free Market well.. such a beautiful young girl with great great potential. My heart goes out to those that loved and knew her.
10-03-2008 2:43 AM -- By: Cathy Lynch, From:
i love you dearly and miss you.
10-03-2008 2:03 AM -- By: Michael, From: Oakland via Illinois
There are so few people in this world that are true givers; we have lost one. Her shoes will be hard to fill and I hope she is riding her bike somewhere beautiful. I wish I would have met you.
10-03-2008 2:03 AM -- By: Barbara Martine, From: ADCOM
I am stunned and saddened by your loss. But i am also profoundly touched by Kirsten's dedication to her life and her pursuit of an extraordinary life. She will be missed and we will be less without her. Yet in her death I am touched by a free and different way of living. I celebrate her lifestyle and will try and incorporate it into my own.
10-03-2008 1:59 AM -- By: paula, From: rock hill sc
im so sorry for ur loss. she is very beautiful!!!
10-03-2008 1:55 AM -- By: Seth Hemmelgarn, From: San Francisco, Calif.
Hi, I didn't know Kirsten, but she sounds like a beautiful, inspirational person.
10-03-2008 1:28 AM -- By: Junter, From: Lake Balboa
God safe to thee, and family. The loss of Kirsten is a loss to all who had the good fortune to know her. Our prayers go to out to all the family and freinds who now have lost some one who made the world a better place.
10-03-2008 1:24 AM -- By: Meg, From: SF Freecycle
I met Kirsten one beautiful Saturday in Dolores Park. I was struck by how smart she was, how committed to 60's type principals that most people in my age group don't "get", (I'm in my 50's)though they lived thru it.
We are all diminished by having this beautiful (inside and out) person so violently wrenched from us.
I pray that someday we will live in a world that is like the one envisioned and worked toward by Kirsten.
10-03-2008 1:18 AM -- By: Adam Cornford, From: SF Bay Area
I am appalled and deeply saddened by this terrible news. Kirsten was my advisee at New College of California, where I supervised her Senior Project and the work that led up to it: a book on Anarchism and Spirituality. The longer I knew Kirsten, the more profoundly impressed I was by her. She was a true visionary, a profound thinker, and already a deep soul. Knowing she was the last advisee I would have at New College gave me such pride and happiness amid my grief at its destruction. She had so much to give, and giving was her joy. This is a terrible loss not only to all of us who cared for her but to her entire generation.
My heart goes out to her friends and family. Given my own grief I cannot begin to imagine how you must feel. I know that none of us will forget her.
10-03-2008 1:17 AM -- By: ERICA JACK, From: EAST PALO ALTO CA
I DID NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET YOU WHICH I WOULD HAVE REALLY ENJOYED. I WISH I COULD HAVE MET YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE A EXTREMELY POSITIVE PERSON.. BUT I DO KNOW THAT THE BAY AREA HAS LOST A TERRIFIC PERSON, A GOAL ORIENTED AND LOVING PERSON. I SEND OUT MY HEART AND PRAYERS TO YOUR FAMILY. "Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk." AND YOU TOOK A MAJOR RISK TO CHANGE YOUR COMMUNITY AND I COMEND YOU ON YOUR SUCCESS. WITH YOU THE BAY AREA WAS A MUCH BETTER PLACE. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE AND YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
10-03-2008 1:13 AM -- By: sean, From: back in the day
many of us are dreamers.
few of us are actually do-ers.
kirsten was both. and a giver, a lover, and a friend to all.
you will be missed deeply by many, but your spirit and your SMILE will continue to drive and inspire.
thank you for being.
10-03-2008 1:13 AM -- By: penny, From:
now i've "met" kirsten brydum here via this sad and fascinating thread - but only because she was a free spirit in our chaotic world and met with this egregiously UNFAIR end. shame shame on the person who killed her in this brutal fashion!
no words can match her spirit but my sympathies to her family and friends.
10-03-2008 1:09 AM -- By: Lesley Darwiche, From: Northridge, CA
Im still in shock i cant get over this. Kirsten you will always be in my heart and i love you so much! I will cherish all of the memories we've had together. I miss you soooo much!!
10-03-2008 1:01 AM -- By: Yogi, From: SF
You embodied community togetherness and positive change, always working for good. thank you for your tirelessness in bringing truth to all corners.
10-03-2008 12:56 AM -- By: Corrina (Fjerstad) McCarron, From: Minneapolis, MN
Kirsten stayed with me and my partner in Minneapolis during the RNC. During that short period of time several things became very apparent. Kirsten was incredibly loving, passionate and smart. She also made the best damn vegan cupcakes I've ever had. She was a true inspiration for me. Because of a few conversations with her I felt a new invigoration and hopefulness about the world, that had been sleeping inside me for a while. Kristen also made a few paper cranes which we hung at our wedding last weekend. We are deeply saddened to find out that a human being as great as her was taken from this earth. In her honor, I will recommit myself to doing the thing that I shared with her that I would do just before she left our home.
10-03-2008 12:40 AM -- By: kamara shephard, From: san francisco
you were essential in the woman i am! thank you so much for challenging me and always making me laugh- the world will never be the same
10-03-2008 12:32 AM -- By: reZz, From: San Francisco
So sorry to surviving friends and relatives who have to live through this tragedy. As for Kirsten, I will give away something very dear to me in memory of all you have done to support community through consent, not government.
10-03-2008 12:29 AM -- By: Sherri Street, From: Milwaukie, Oregon
I'am the mother of Trisha--Mamies friend. My heart mourns with you--my eyes weep with you. My prayers and love to all who knew and loved Kirsten. May God grant you peace.
10-03-2008 12:03 AM -- By: chris, From:
The world was a better place with you in it.
10-02-2008 11:49 PM -- By: Steve W, From: Hayward
Heartbreaking to the core. Love is the only thing that is real; the rest is just an illusion.
10-02-2008 11:36 PM -- By: Marshall, From: Oklahoma
"I was almost sweet talked into to going to Oklahoma City with those kids... It was a tough departure for all of us going our separate ways, but the calls of "I love you" as I walked away will stay with me longer than a photograph."
I will never forget the image of Kirsten skipping away from the sketchy pink van blowing kisses saying her longing farewells.
I was honored with being part of Kirsten's Kansas City family. The time we spent together in that tiny apartment was wonderful. I appreciate everything Kirsten stood for, the joy she brought us then, the joy I know she brought others, as well as that which she hoped for the world. Though I strive not to be regretful, I whole heartedly wish she would have come along with us to Oklahoma. You will be forver loved and forver missed Kirsten.
All the love and all the rage.
10-02-2008 11:27 PM -- By: K, From: San Francisco
Reading your story gave me the chills. This is so incredibly unfortunate and upsetting to see such a good person taken away from the world entirely too soon. My prayers are with you and your family and friends and may you continue to move onto the next stage of life with the same spirit and compassion for humanity.
10-02-2008 11:09 PM -- By: Tracy, From:
Thank you for being you and the love and light you brought - may you rest in peace.
10-02-2008 11:01 PM -- By: Steven, From: san diego, ca
Even though I never met you I felt like if I knew you. Your heart was so big and your life represents everything many of us only wish of ever doing. Reading the article about your passing brought a tear to my eye cause you have inspired me in so many ways to do something positive for my fellow man.
10-02-2008 10:56 PM -- By: Abbegale, From: Kansas City
I had the honor of meeting Kirsten a few short weeks ago during her stay in Kansas City. She became an instant, immediate, and core part of the family we had created there. She brought a dazzle and a sparkle to our home, we shared tea, wiskey, rain drenched walks, heart felt talks, dances, chocolate, and hugs.
I am grateful to have known her although our time together was far too short, I will keep her in my heart. I grieve her, and my heart goes out to all of those who had the joy of knowing her for more than the short few days I got to enjoy her company.
Thank you Kirsten for inspiring me, for being kind to me, for sharing, for being bold and fierce and brave...
My favorite image of Kirsten in my mind is the moment of our departure, as a group of us loaded up our van to head to Oklahoma, she skipped down the street turning back to blow us kisses...we were all happy, and blessed and vibrant in that moment.
10-02-2008 10:44 PM -- By: Anita Carswell, From: Richmond, CA
Oh, this is so incredibly sad. I only knew Kirsten through the monthly Really Really Free Markets, but thought she was one of the nicest people I've ever met. I am so very sorry that such a bright light in this world has been extinguished.
She will be deeply missed by animals and people everywhere.
10-02-2008 9:54 PM -- By: Althea L., From: NYC
What a tragic loss, what a beautiful young woman. Deepest sympathies to her family, friends and community from another stranger she has touched.
10-02-2008 9:36 PM -- By: Mike M., From: Pennsylvania
I have never met nor heard of Kirsten until I came across a article online.
After reading a few details of her zeal for all.
I felt she made my world around me a better place forever and I think I see God lived within her.
God rest her sole !
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