Thursday, 8 November 2018

Merry Kenyon (1943-2018)


Merry Kenyon has died in Mason City, Iowa, on 7 September 2018. She was 74 years of age.
She used to write Merry's thoughts, the good and bad, dreams and wishes on AOL, until the J-land shutdown in September 2008. Merry had a multitude of health problems, but bore those challenges with good cheer and spirit. She was a gentle soul, who will be sorely missed by all of us.

Rest in peace, Merry. Your pain is now past, and you are back with those who have gone on ahead.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Donna Diggins 1961-2018


A prominent member of the J-land community on AOL, Blogger and Facebook for over 13 years has left us. Donna Diggins was an outstanding designer of tags and graphics, and took centre stage in our community. When I first joined J-land, in November 2005 (for the VIVI awards), she drew me right into the group, even though I had appeared from nowhere.



I was amazed over the years by the beautiful computer graphics that Donna made, many of them animated and quite a few personalised - on request sometimes. They adorned our blogs on AOL until that was shut down (in 2008), and later on Blogger and other platforms. 



Donna began to experience increasingly severe health problems, and she confided the medical details with me. A diagnosis of cancer was not confirmed until later in the year, but treatments were attempted and implemented as late as the end of October. But when the news came that Donna was in hospice, I knew that the only hope was that she would be comfortable. In the morning of Saturday 3rd November, she was alert to read the messages from her on-line friends, and watch the compilation video.

It was 9.50pm in the UK on 4th November when I read Karen's sad message that a leading light in our community had been extinguished. I thought of Donna when I stepped outside to check for the aurora. The autumn stars lit up the night sky. One of them might have been her.



Rest in peace, my friend. You meant more to me than I realised.
You are greatly missed, by your friends on-line, in real life and most of all by your family. It was only a few days off the 11th anniversary of the loss of your sister Pat. You are with her now.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Donna Diggins

It was announced today that Donna Diggins, nightmaremom on AOL, passed away after a battle with cancer. It is too early to write a full tribute.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Sam Collins (GABoatman)

News has reached us of the sad death of Sam Collins, formerly known as GABoatman, from Savannah in Georgia, USA. He succcumbed following a lengthy illness on 25 June 2018.

Sam worked at the marina in Savannah, and would be out in boats as part of his job. I remember Sam as a true gentleman who I would have liked to meet, but in the end this never happened. He offered to share an adult beverage on that occasion. Tonight, I raised a glass in his memory. Sam played the guitar and sang as well, and would post recordings on Facebook.Until 2008, Sam would blog on "Docklines".

My thoughts are with his wife Paulette and his extended family. Another J-lander has gone. I am very sad.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sandra Lee Schick-Doscher

Today, Sunday 9 April 2017, we were alerted to the sad news that Sandi had passed away. It looks, from her Facebook page, likely that a brief illness claimed her life. Reactions have been swift, and united in sadness. It certainly came as a bolt out of the blue for me.

I copy the tribute posted by my J-land friend Jody Davis-Navakuku.

I woke before the sun this morning, and received the sad news in the cover of darkness, my tears falling unchecked and unnoticed.

Sandi and I went way back to the days of floppy disks and dial-up modems, AOL Journals and chatrooms. We shared a common love for poetry and story telling, of sunflowers and dandelions. We were romantic dreamers and passionate patriots, although on opposite sides of the table. That our friendship withstood this past election is a great testament of just how strong our bond was.

To read of her passing has left me heavy hearted. I have no doubt she is now at peace with Joe, but selfishly I was not ready to let her go.

As bright as the morning dew drop,
As soft as the grass is green.
Go now unto your future
And live your final dream.

Rest in peace and be forever happy my friend.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Jan K. Orndorff - My Transplant Blog

Jan Orndorff passed away on 7 July 2016 after a lengthy struggle against pulmonary fibrosis, which was diagnosed in 2002. In 2011, she underwent a lung transplant, but after an initial success she lost the battle against rejection, and particularly as a result of the medication used. Jan was very active in raising awareness of the condition, a founding member of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Association. She leaves a widower, John, three children, 6 grandchildren and a huge legacy in terms of her efforts for PF sufferers.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Nelle / Copious Chatter

News reached us of the death of Nelle Mancil McLaughlin, who blogged on AOL as McJerseyGirl. Her blog was Copious Chatter. She was a kind and generous person, who will be sorely missed. May she rest in peace, now that her suffering (through ill health) is over.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Tributes 2006 and 2007

This page contains links to blogs from J-landers who passed away before this blog was started. 

One Girl's Head Noise (UK) - Pam, RIP 16 April 2006
There are no Sundays - Jim, RIP April 2007
The Diatom Project - Walt, RIP 27 April 2007
Pennie's Pieces of Ohio - Penny, RIP 1 October 2007
My Reason for Reasoning - Barbara, RIP 20 November 2007
Lahoma's Laments - Lahoma, RIP 25 December 2007
I shaved my legs for this??? - Kim, RIP 26 December 2007

Friday, 20 November 2015

Access denied, living with MS / Herrad Ford

News reached us in the evening of 18 November 2015 that Herrad Ford, who lived in Amsterdam, Holland, had passed away after a short illness. She had been suffering from multiple sclerosis for years, but it was pneumonia that eventually claimed her life. Herrad had been keeping a blog for about 9 years until last August, chronicling the effects MS had been having on her life.

Morton Lake writes: 
Another friend lost from the ravages of MS,please remember with me our dear friend Herrad,whose blog Access denied, living with MS has been an inspiration to myself and to so many others with the damn evil disease. For those of you who did not know her please visit her blog,

http://accessdenied-livingwithms.blogspot.co.uk/
I first came across this blog, just after I was diagnosed. Richie her husband/carer and her were both kind enough to leave comments on my blog after I posted, especially if I was having a bad time with the MS, and Richie as a carer understood a lot of my concerns with caring for mum. Herrad succumbed to a chest infection/pneumonia aggravated by her MS - which is killed by MS as far as I am concerned.

I am deeply upset, and I ask you to remember Richie in your thoughts,and for those of you who do,prayers. Keep strong mate.Herrad was an amazing,brave lady.

Thankyou for reading, take care all, Mort 

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Sheria Reid / The Examined Life

It is with profound shock and sadness that I am writing this tribute to Sheria, whom I first encountered as "aimer" on AOL, nearly a decade ago. Until January 2015, she posted in her blog The Examined Life, in which she held American society in critical acclaim, focusing on race relations amongst other topics. Sheria latterly posted mainly on Facebook, and I was always pleased to read her take on current affairs, and American politics in particular.

A comment on her Facebook wall alerted us to the sad passing of Sheria on 1 July 2015. When she failed to turn up for work that day, she was found deceased at her home, having suffered a massive heart attack.

I never met Sheria, like I never met so many J-landers whose keyboards have long since fallen silent. Nonetheless, I was deeply saddened upon reading of her death. Our J-land community in particular, and the world at large, is a little smaller and less bright for her passing. Her wisdom and insight will be missed.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this sad time.