|Re: Guest book for Joani?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Alice Alexander (alicecohousgmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 08:53:49 -0700 (PDT)|
Marty, what a thoughtful suggestion - a guest book! I have been collecting "Joani stories" since her announcement of her terminal illness, and now have posted as a blog - which can grow, so please others, share with us. Joani Blank, Cohousing Pioneer - Stories of her Impact and Influence <http://www.cohousing.org/node/4223> Earlier, I created a blog from Neil's coho-l post. Joani Blank, Cohousing Pioneer, Passed August 6, 2016 <http://www.cohousing.org/node/4222> Alice Alexander, Coho/US Executive Director On Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 9:59 AM, <mmaskall [at] pacbell.net> wrote: > > Hi Neil & all, > > I remember Joani well, since 2005, when I went on my first cohousing tour, > which she ably led. And I remember the 2006 Conference in Chapel Hill, > which she chaired. And many shared conversations since then. > > Will there be a guestbook for Joani? I think it would be appropriate to > have a link on the Cohousing.org website. > > She was a Giant in the Cohousing movement. Dear Joani, rest in peace. > > With love to all, > Marty Maskall > ------------------ > Future Resident & Project Manager > www.FairOaksEcoHousing.org -- a Family-Friendly Green Neighborhood > (916) 967-2472 > > ------------------------------ > > Message: 2 > Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 14:41:37 -0700 > From: Neil Planchon <neil [at] swansway.com> > To: coho-l <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> > Subject: [C-L]_ Joani (Blank) update - Sad news > > Hello everyone in Cohousing-l land? > > I am attaching two recent messages about Joani - my longtime personal > friend, neighbor and Cohousing ambassadress. One of mine and the other > Amika?s (Joani?s daughter) are below?. > =-=-=- > > Hello neighbors > > I am saddened as I share with you that Joani passed away Saturday (8/6) > around 5:30PM. She had loving family by her side who shepherded her > through > the last stage of this life. > > Rest in peace, Joani (my sweet) > > Neil > (Swan's Market Cohousing - http://www.swansway.com > <http://www.swansway.com/>) > > -=-=- > > > And here is the message which Amika posted on Facebook on August 7th? > > "My mama passed yesterday, at home, Blossom and me and Bapu by her > side...My > family was blessed to have spent this sacred time with this lovely woman > who > raised me as her own. > > "She was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer in June, took the news like a > champ and did like she always does...got down to business and handled > logistics and preparations. She chose to have a Celebration of Life rather > than a funeral, and at celebration last week, she was able to say her > goodbyes and feel the love of her community. > "She opened her celebration addressing police brutality and honoring the > Black Lives Matter movement. Her life was based on advancing social justice > issues, and the bigger picture always took precedence over her personal > struggles. The celebration was another platform for her to acknowledge what > was really important to her. She had a rapid decline after the celebration, > and I think she felt she had completed what she needed to. > > "This fierce revolutionary woman has taught us all so much. She has done so > many things in her full days here on earth and I know you all have > stories...share them if you feel like it. If I made this post about all > she's done it would take days. > > "Instead, we are honoring the graceful way she passed. She relaxed into the > process and let go of trying to control anything...she was able to receive > love and care, and transformed into this gentle and vulnerable Queen. She > spoke with each one of my kids and my Papa in the last days of her > consciousness. She passed me the "boss torch", and gave her blessings to my > incarcerated other half as he led us in family prayer on the phone. We laid > with her and watched her take her last breath. She had a sweet smile on her > face and was comfortable. Milo joined us and we covered her body in henna > tattoos, flowers from the garden, frankincense and lavender oils, and > filled > her space with candlelight, sage, copal, and Palos Santos. Bapu stayed > curled up with her in bed...we played music and looked at pictures and > laughed and cried. It was exactly what she wanted, and it was beautiful to > hold space for her at the gates?? > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > > -- Alice Alexander Executive Director http://www.cohousing.org [image: The Cohousing Association]
Guest book for Joani? mmaskall, August 9 2016
- Re: Guest book for Joani? Alice Alexander, August 9 2016
- Re: Guest book for Joani? Neil Planchon, August 9 2016
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