El Dia de los Muertos

Hey Barrett here.

I found this lovely picture of Bridge and wanted to share it with all of you. This is how I remember her – loving fall, fresh faced and ready to take on the world. This was taken a few months after we had moved to Portland in 2008.

As many of you know November 2nd was B’s birthday. It also happens to be El Dia de los Muertos. We always use to celebrate both but now it has a whole new meaning for me – wow.

Obviously, the best way to celebrate the day is with cake. I would also recommend making it a decadence day and that you treat yourself or someone you love to a new book. You owe it to yourself and besides Bridget would say, “it’s a fabbity fab fab idea”.

Enjoy the now.

Love to you all,


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  1. Thank You, Barrett. Nice picture of Bridgie.

    Your thoughts on the day, so well put. We will make a day of it and know you do will do likewise.

    Looking forward to seeing you soon.

    Love and Cheers,
    Dick and Diana

  2. What a beautiful picture! I’m on my way outside now, I’ll kick through some leaves in her honor. I’m glad it’s a beautiful day.

  3. It’s a beautiful picture of her with the fall leaves behind. I think of her so often and I didn’t know her. Just shows you how a human spirit can reach across it all. Cake and a book, and you sharing your memories of B. How generous.

  4. Big BIG hugs to you and both of your families Barrett. Thinking of you and Bridget throughout the day today.
    All best from me and the girls,
    J, L, & C

  5. I remember Bridget blogging a few years ago about how much she loved fall. We had a particularly long and colorful one that year, and she was amazed because she’d heard we don’t get good fall color here in Oregon. Now, when I think of fall, I always think of her.

  6. The passage between material and spiritual worlds feels very permeable today. Must honor that fact with cake and a good read. Will lift my fork to both of you. Cheers, Barrett. Cheers, Bridget.

  7. Fascinated by the character Mary, I went searching on Google searching for what happened to the filmmaker.
    I was surprised that Mary was the filmmaker.
    I am glad that Mary/Bridget found a beau, a partner in crime, and had travel adventures.

    Fascinated by the character Mary, I went searching on Google searching for what happened to the filmmaker.
    I searched and found. I wept, and am still weeping.
    And realized that the answer to my question was the same answer for all of us. Death.
    I can see already that realization is changing my life. I’m immediately less interested in filling my mind with trivia and more interested in living my life and making the time to cherish the people in it before it stops.
    That’s what awesome librarians do. They give you answers that change your life.
    I am glad she passed from this world loved. Thank you all for loving her.

  8. Hello Barrett,
    It’s kind of ironic that I stumble upon Bridget’s website/blog/book on today of all days.
    Let me introduce myself. I am a book reviewer on my own site, The Cozy Reader. I am a member of NetGalley and just today saw Bridget’s book, POISON, was added as an eARC (Advance Review Copy) on there by Disney. You may not be up to speed on reviews, eARCs, or even Bridget’s book, or maybe you are, which would be awesome.
    The reason why I am here today is because I was reading Bridget’s bio on Edelweiss (an eGalley site like NetGalley only a tad bit user friendly w/ lots more information) and completely stumbled over the word “lived”. Her full bio on their site is:
    Bridget Zinn was a writer, librarian, and teen literature enthusiast who lived with her husband and two feisty cats in Portland, Oregon, until her untimely passing in 2011. Poison is her debut novel.
    I must have read it three times before I actually accepted what I was reading. To see that POISON is her debut novel and she’s not here to welcome it into the world saddens me to an unnatural degree. However, the joy I immediately felt after the sadness overwhelmed me because how often does that happen? I am genuinely interested in knowing how her book came to be published after her passing. Did you send her work out to be queried or was her book already sold before her passing?
    I must also confess that her book sounds amazing and I want, no, need to read it. I would be honored to review Bridget’s book to post on my site, Amazon, Goodreads and anywhere else I can post it about a week or two before the March 12th release date.
    I know she’s not here to support her book so I would love to be an advocate and hope you can agree to possibly do a guest post on how her book came to be? I not sure if there are any marketing/blog tour plans with Disney or not but I would be interested in participating.
    That leads me to my request for a review copy. I have already requested POISON on NetGalley from Disney. However, Disney does not approve eARCs to book bloggers. Therefore, I know that I will be declined. Do you have the information for Bridget’s publicist for POISON? I have a few contacts at Disney I can bug but I thought I’d start with you first.
    In closing, thank you for considering my request to review your late wife’s debut novel. POISON looks and sounds wonderful. Please feel free to contact me via email (thecozyreaer @ gmail.com).
    Happy Birthday, Bridget.

  9. Hi, I just wanted to say that I read Ms. Zinn’s book “Poison” and I thoroughly enjoyed it. <3

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