Friday, June 4, 2010

JEANNE ROBINSON: 1948 - 2010

Jeanne Robinson passed away on March 31. She had been battling cancer for a while and finally succumbed.

Jeanne was a dancer, choreographer and writer and founder of Nova Scotia's first professional modern dance company. She was also the wife of author Spider Robinson and co-wrote the novels STARDANCE, STARSEED and STARMIND with him. STARDANCE is being made into a feature film at the moment.

I knew Spider and Jeanne back when I lived in Vancouver. Not well, but I met them often enough to know that Jeanne was a wonderful woman. She was open and friendly, talented and funny.

She was training to be a Zen Buddhist priest, so I know that she faced the end of her life with a calm grace and dignity. Nevertheless I was profoundly saddened to hear of her passing. She was one of the best.

My heart goes out to Spider and to the rest of the family.

Where I live this weekend there is an event sponsored by the BC Cancer Society. We will be lighting a candle at that event in memory of Jeanne.

I've been here and there. I've drawn a lot of pictures. I've written a bit, too. I'm not good at this self-promotion thing. Look, you want to know about me? just visit these websites. Okay?

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