A lot of people who don’t know her have told me that they appreciate this blog because it’s helped that get a sense of who Ali was. And even those people in my life who knew her feel they didn’t know her well. It’s not an accident. Ali was a very private person who loathed small talk. Sometimes when we’d talk I’d play both parts in the conversation just to tease her and remind her of the fundamentals of social interaction (it never worked). But behind that quiet exterior and those ever-rolling eyes was a vibrant, brilliant, passionate, silly person, a kind and conscientious friend and citizen and a restless spirit with the soul of a real adventurer.
But I know that there’s much more that I don’t know about my sister. I wanted to invite anyone who has a story, a reflection, a picture, a funny, fond (or even not so fond) memory of Ali to share it with all of us here. Email it to me and I’ll post in on the blog. Hopefully it’ll help us all get to know her even better. She would’ve hated that.