What a Wonderful World

In April, when Squinternet (Giulia) learned that her remission was waning, she uploaded a bunch of videos of her singing. When I heard them, I discovered another talent in this woman who was so blessed with talent already. It seemed, to me, though, that she wanted to share another part of herself, on the internet where this bit of her could be preserved forever, launched out into the universe to always say Giulia lived and she was wonderful and do not forget it.

She died this morning. She wanted to live and was pretty stubborn. But cancer is inexorable and stubborn, too. I cannot say she “lost the battle” because she never wavered in her passion for life. There was no weakness of will that let cancer “win”. I hate that phrase because the only struggle people with a terminal cancer have is the struggle to live as well as they can and she won that struggle.

She did live well in the ways that matter with so many friends that showed their love for her before her death. That’s the wonderful thing. She was a wonderful woman, full of love, laughter, generosity, kindness and fun. To me, that’s a winner.

I am sure folks will want to hold some memorial in-world. I can’t wrap my head around that at the moment.

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33 thoughts on “What a Wonderful World

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  3. Thanks Cajsa for everything you did and still do for Giulia. You are simply wonderful.

    Squint my friend you will be always in my heart. Lucky the angels, they can wear your amazing jewels and they are now delighted by your incredible humor and personality! I badly miss you my friend!
    RIP
    Squinternet / Giulia mi ricorderò di te per sempre. Non trovo le parole per spiegare il dispiacere che provo…. Mi fa molto male pensare che non ti sentirò più. …
    Ora so che stai bene e sei nella luce……….veglia su di noi e sorridici!

  4. Someone decided they needed you elsewhere, Giulia. I won’t say you’re an angel now cause you were already. Despite your pain, you loved this wonderful world, you could see its beauty. What a precious gift you were to those who met you, who knew you, to us, to the world itself.
    Ciao, dolce Giulia.

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  7. So sad. She so kind to me when first look for vintage item in SL I find her store. I get confuse and she come right to rescue and help me. I never forget how kind Miss Squint was for me. It make me see there nice people in SL. I not speak to her in many month and not even know she sick. It make me sad her star dim today but she live on in heart and memory of all. Is honor to have met you and know you Miss Squint. I never forget beauty show in you, the art create by you and beauty in person. Stay with us in memory, and live among angels all ways. Heart and sorry for family loss of this great lady. I lite candle to day and hope one day sadness dim.
    Vera Fenutzini

  8. So unbelievably saddened by this news… words fail me right now. I am glad above everything else that she knew how much she was dearly loved..

    Sending all my love to her family and her friends and all who were touched and will continue to be touched by this wonderful beautiful woman.

    Peace be with you dearest Squint…

  9. I feel such sadness at this news, but my heart sings knowing that Squinternet knew that she was loved so dearly by so many, that she knew her artistry and grace had touched and inspired us. Thank you, Cajsa, for your love and generosity – not just for the Love, Donna Flora event but for all your caring toward Giulia over time.
    My condolences to Giulia’s family and friends (RL and SL) who shared her life in both worlds.
    Rest in peace, Giulia. Thank you for sharing your strong, sweet spirit with us all.
    Love from Mireille

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  11. We lost the best today she embodied excellence as same with her designs she had balance of spirit
    When she came to do fairs and setup she did her best staying a few hours and getting it all just right
    no event or people she was involved with was ever dismissed as not important. Through her Chemo she came and kept to the same high standards never just a few token items she was on display and she never gave anything but her best..the only thing she forgot was to set a few on sale her priorities were evident…will miss you squint.:(

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  14. I’m so very sad to hear this. Every time I entered her store I was always amazed and wondered about the person behind the wall upon wall of fabulous clothing. She really has left a wonderful legacy and while I didn’t know her personally, she must have been a very special person to have such lovely friends support her during her most difficult days. God bless you darling.

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  16. So sad to see another Fabulous talented Designer ,, Who was loved bye so many people may you always shine like a start that you are , We never forget all the Love, Passion you put into your clothing you are an inspiration to so many women.. We never forget the kindness you had for overs may you be a peach now and sleep among the Angels R.I.P Giulia YOU never be forgotten 😦

  17. For dear Giulia, the wonderful gardner who planted flowers in our souls that will bloom a lifetime. Thank you for touching Second Life into something new, something that remains when you take your hands away, something that resembles you. Love, Journey

    “Everyone must leave something behind when she dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.

    It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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  19. I am so so sorry to hear of this now, may her family find peace and tranquility at this time. From God we come and to Him is our return. You will always be in my heart and remembered dearly. Thanks for all that you did to make me look fabulous in my vw. Thanks

  20. So sorry to hear of such sad news another lovely lady gone from Sl with such talent. My thoughts and hugs to those close to her. xx Keeley Cooperstone

  21. I simply have not been able to respond until now. The video crushed me. What a sweet, sweet innocent tribute by a kind and talented woman. Casja, I can see why you loved her so and I am happy that she knew you and everyone else ever touched by her cares, too. I will treasure everything I have made by Squint and think of her kindly each time I wear them. xoxo Peace, Eden Knoller

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