The tragic and unexpected death of my beloved dance teacher and friend, JeniViva, has made a significant impact on my soul.
Though I did not know her as well as many, the sporadic intimate moments we’ve shared over the last three years have been replaying themselves in my mind. Jeni was intense. Her spirit radiated - literally - to each and every person she ever came in contact with. The crowd of mourners lined up at her wake last night can attest to this.
She is and always will be, a modern Goddess.
As a dancer, she inspired me… her very soul shining from each performance.
As a teacher, she encouraged me… encouraged my own visions and emotions.
As a friend, she made me feel as if no one else existed at that moment we were together. She always had a hug, a bounce, a smile no matter how many months had passed since we last saw one another.
Since learning of her death last Saturday, my mind has been reeling; pouring over our conversations, her poetry, her words. Her soul was light and she brought light where ever she went. I truly believe that one of her purposes here on this Earth was to spark love, light and inspiration to as many people as possible. Even in death this inspiration continues, as many are gathering, sharing and creating in her memory.
She wrote this on her Facebook wall, mere hours before she passed. A prayer that I’m sure imprinted on the soul of all who knew her.
"My prayer (for those left behind)
Healing. Light like molten lava
emerging filling in
every crack of your despair
and you shall be healed
… and the wound will no longer ache
and the heart will somehow learn to be whole again.
The Love…This Love
P.S. Tell Everyone you know that you love them and live life with all you got every single effing day.”
Rest in Peace, Mon Cheri.
Jeni performing at BellyCon, my troupe’s annual hafla, back in 2010:
Issues? Baby I’ve got SUBSCRIPTIONS! #comics #shenanigans
I just received the brand new Beats Antique album ELEKTRAFONE (and a plethora of other musical/poetic awesomeness) as a gift from the band for participating in their most recent Kickstarter campaign. “Cat Skillz” is my favorite track so far. Have a listen… and if you’re dazzled and amazed, then support these bad-ass troubadours like it was your job!
my new favorite commercial. tiny teddy bears and krunk.
With the moonlight to guide you
Feel the joy of being alive
The day that you stop running
Is the day that you arrive
And the night that you got locked in
Was the time to decide
Stop chasing shadows
Just enjoy the ride
AMAZING “Rocketeer” tribute short by John Banana for the movie’s 20th anniversary. Has it been 20 years?! Wow, I remember seeing this movie in the theater, as well as meeting “the Rocketeer” himself that summer in Disney World :)
Everywhere? Twice? Sounds copout-ish, but it’s true! I’ve barely begun exploring this planet!
I geek out to ELO, particularly the “Time” album. (Which I have heard since I was very small, thanks to my parents.) Not only are these my three favorites songs from that album, but probably my three favorites of ELO’s entire discography. I happened to stumble across this video which includes all three, and I think it’s a pretty darn perfect match.