01.09.2021 07:31 PM

Kathy Shaidle, RIP

She died today. So I can reveal this.

On Nov 20, 2020, at 8:10 PM, Kathy Shaidle wrote:

I’m dying of ovarian cancer and while I still have time, I want to ask your forgiveness for any hurt I’ve caused you. No need to reply. But I wanted to make the gesture.

Kathy Shaidle


On Nov 21, 2020, at 11:19 AM, Warren Kinsella wrote:


Whatever our differences, I appreciate your note and wish the best for your health with the comfort of family and friends.



From: Kathy Shaidle
Date: November 21, 2020
To: Warren Kinsella

Thank you.



  1. Ronald O'Dowd says:

    This exchange quite literally took my breath away. If only all of us could always interact while dominated by our better angels.

  2. Derek Pearce says:

    You’re a better man than I am.

  3. Mark says:

    I’m glad she reached out and that you were gracious enough to help ease her spirit as she lived her last days.

  4. khughes1963 says:

    It is good that she did this. I just wish she hadn’t spent so much time being vitriolic toward everyone who didn’t share her views.

    • Unfortunately, some people only get “civic” religion at the very last possible moment. As regards politicos, of course, Lee Atwater is the most obvious example down in the States.

  5. Robert White says:

    The best fighters maintain a healthy heart for the long end fight as that’s the big one.


  6. I say this as an ex roommate whom she grew to hate. I am possibly the reason she hated anarchists so much because I was such a bad roommate. Kathy was 100% hilarious in person, regardless of her opinion. It’s too bad that her self-deprecating wit did not always translate to the written word. Regardless, I believe she remained 100% human and that her regret at any harm to you was sincere.

  7. mitch says:

    Thanks for this.

    I reached out to her regarding a wonderful story she wrote about a band called the Plasterscene Replicas and the passing of their singer. I was not familiar with her other writings but she seemed like decent person in our communications. We also traded stories of family members battles with the big C.

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