A Time To Gather

When LOVE DONNA FLORA was conceived of by Cajsa, it was a two fold purpose. One part, to raise funds to help offset the enormous healthcare costs Squinternet was incurring, and the other part was to give her a gift that many of us never get – the opportunity to see what it is we do mean to other people. So often, people shower praise and love after a person dies, and we have to wonder – did they KNOW?

Squinternet knew. She read your posts on the days she was able to sit up and use her computer. She was strong enough one day to tour the event. She was amazed. It made the nights of pain and worry tolerable – because you filled her with joy and hope.  It was lead by Cajsa but it was created by all of you, this great swell of love and outpouring of support for one of our own.

When the news came yesterday, Cajsa immediately became swamped with questions about doing a memorial. and it quickly became clear that Cajsa needs to be allowed to grieve. She’s worked so very hard on all of this, to the detriment of her own health on some days, that I told her I would step in and handle putting something together.

That’s where you come in .

None of us own Squinternet’s memory or our love for her. I’ve solicited ideas for what people would like to do, in memory of Squinternet on plurk and have already received many good ideas. Not all of them will be do-able but they help guide me to something that will help us mourn together, and grieve together in a way best suited to us all.

At this time, I asking all of you to please either plurk me, or IM me in world, or just leave in comments here, what you would like to see us do to memorialize Squinternet.  What I will be planning will be something secular to celebrate and reflect upon her time with us, and our love for her.

I realize some people might feel a strong need to include a religious memorial. If someone wants to add that in to the plans I end up making – that’s just fine with me, it’s outside my sphere of influence however.  If you would like to hold your own celebration and memorial, or 100 of them, that’s fine too.

There is no wrong way to remember our friend Giulia.

This is how I’m proceeding. I value all of your input and ideas. We’ll plan a memorial event soon – so please let me know what your thoughts are, I am very interested.

❤ Gidge

 

 

 

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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.

Hope and Strength On Loan

Squinternet has been in the hospital trying to resolve her anemia issues so she can begin treatment. Unfortunately, she has developed some issues with her liver, though it is not known whether that is from her medication and reversible or from the advancing of her cancer. At the moment though, she is in ICU and the outlook is very grim.

While I don’t personally believe in the power of prayer, Squinternet does. I am sure many of you do, too. I do believe in the power of love and have observed how much the love and support of the community has lifted her spirits and energized her body. Your support has lent her hope and strength and that is what she needs right now.

Anyway, at the moment the news is not good. But, Squint is a fighter and she wants very much to live, so I will hang my hopes on that – and the miracles of love.

Thank You!

Love Donna Flora has closed. It closed on Sunday at midnight. Unfortunately, I was unable to give you an update and final totals as my computer hard drive crashed late Thursday night, coincidentally when I was trying to do a report.  Oh well! I have my computer back now and have up to date totals that include the amazing contribution from the Basilique Performing Arts Company of $L67,428 from their Sunday performance of Romeo and Juliet. They not only contributed a large sum, they also contributed the best pun of the entire event.   Anyway, to finalize the report. an additional $L363,590 was transferred to Squint about 15 minutes ago. This brings the total raised by the Love Donna Flora event to $L2,947,473. An additional $L131,360 lindens were donated directly to Squinternet in a porcelain jar at her store and a total of $1,074 was donated directly via PayPal. All in all, $12,619.45 was raised to support her nursing, treatment and her struggle to live with bone cancer.

Can I take a moment to just say how incredibly generous, full-hearted spirit of the Second Life community is? I am in awe and very grateful for the way people raised their hands to help make this a success.  I am kind of in love with Second Life on a completely new level.

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Donna you wanna give some more? It’s Flora good cause!

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The Big Check.

The headline you see above is the result of some pretty serious brainstorming earlier… I was pretty stuck. Harvey, however, seemed to have no trouble whatsoever dishing out one cheesy headline after another. He really might want to consider changing jobs…

We couldn’t be more happy with the tremendous outpouring of generosity we experienced at yesterday’s performance of Romeo + Juliet. Thank you to all who attended and gave so generously. Through your kindness, our performers raised L$22,476, in tips, which Harvey and I each matched to bring the total contribution to $L67,428, which we donated to the Love Donna Flora cause earlier today.

Harvey and I would like to thank all the cast and crew of Basilique Performing Arts Company A – Harvey, Amethyst, Belice, Cloe and Juliet, who were more than happy to give their hard-earned tips from the enthusiastic crowd.

Performing in front of a crowd, and getting a good reaction, is always a pleasure, but when we can help out a fantastic cause in even a small way, it makes it that much more rewarding. So rewarding in fact, that we’ve decided to keep our eyes open for other fundraising events that we can lend a hand to. We’d love to hear about good causes that we could help.

Read more about Romeo + Juliet in Second life.

Just look around and see the love

After reading what has been said here already, what more is there to say about you, miss Squinternet Larnia?

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I first stumbled upon Donna Flora in my freebie blogger days (you had a table out with several free/discounted items). I remember looking back in the store (filled from top to bottom with gorgeous jewelry) and wishing I could buy it all. And here I am now, in less than happy circumstances and with quite a collection of your designs in my inventory, trying to write up a nice post for you.

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I don’t actualy know you, Squinternet, and reading all the nice things about you that makes me sad. I hope that, despite what you are going through, you are reading this with a smile. And that all the support you are getting gives you strength. You may not have noticed it, but like a river washing over a pebble*, you have touched my (s)life (and that of many others) with your gorgeous designs and graceful presence.

Stay strong and keep flowing ♥

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* Metaphor from a dutch song.