Sharon's Friends CubitBy Lance Gardner (Lance) on November 4, 2016
|Two of Sharon's wonderful online friends, Vic and Arlene, with lots of encouragement from many of Sharonâ€™s other friends, decided to continue the friendships that were so dear to Sharon. Since Sharon is no longer able to manage her own Cubits or posts, there is a new Cubit called Sharonâ€™s Friends. This Cubit has many wonderful memories of Sharon, including a Memorial with an incredible array of her contributions, a section of recipes that were shared (and still are), lots of photos of art (she was an amazing painter), more photos and stories on gardening (she knew more than almost anyone about gardens and botany, especially folklore and medicinal botany), stories about pets (Sunshine is of course in there) and an altogether amazing collection showcasing her many contributions and friendships. Please come and join us as we continue to celebrate all that was Sharon.|
Gone but not forgotten
Not gone nor forgotten
Visiting us with a spray of color painted on the wings that carry you
For you are always colorful
Humming along in the hum of a hummingbird
For you enjoy life and what it has to offer
Writing notes in the clouds for all to see if only they look
For you are prolific in your prose
Encouraging the gardens to grow beyond their earthly bounds
As you are now beyond your earthly bounds
Teaching us all to live bigger than we are
As there is no way all that life could have fit in such a diminutive figure
Sharon could never be gone nor forgotten
Just continuing her journey
Now stop crying, she has had enough of that! My apologies for perhaps bringing those poignant memories to the surface, again, but hearing her even from afar, I just can’t help waxing lyrical. Such is her influence on so many, encouraging us to explore beyond our boundaries, as I could never do this prose on my own! Writer, painter, teacher, friend, mother, grandmother and wife, artist extraordinaire in so many ways, so much to so many, pets and people alike, an amazing person. And so I find myself writing to all of you, sharing news of a new Cubit that continues Sharon’s legacy: http://cubits.org/SharonsFriends/. Photos are previously from Sharon's posts on Cubits and simply borrowed for this notice so we can all share some of her memories.
As you can hopefully tell from the introduction above, there have been some big happenings recently within the Cubits world, as one of our most prolific and cherished members has gone on to grander adventures. So I find it important to put aside some of my other tasks and share big news. Sharon left us near the beginning of October, leaving in her wake many heartfelt and cherished memories, stories shared, posts, articles and in general an abundance of contributions and friendships enjoyed by so many in the Cubits community and at the National Gardening Association website. Sharon’s legacy was beyond her own size: she owned 11 of her own Cubits, wrote over 400 articles and quotes, and was an administrator on who knows how many other Cubits (she was on all of mine). If nothing else, you have probably seen her weekly posts "Spotlight: Words" with a quote to share (those will continue thanks to Nancy), published on the front page of Cubits. I can't imagine how many contributions she made for The National Gardening Association site, as well, but prolific she was indeed.
Two of Sharon's wonderful online friends, Vic and Arlene, with lots of encouragement from many of Sharon’s other friends, decided to continue the friendships that were so dear to Sharon. Since Sharon is no longer able to manage her own Cubits or posts, Vic and Arlene created a new Cubit called Sharon’s Friends. This Cubit has many wonderful memories of Sharon, including a Memorial with an incredible array of her contributions, a section of recipes that were shared (and still are), lots of photos of art (she was an amazing painter), more photos and stories on gardening (she knew more than almost anyone about gardens and botany, especially folklore and medicinal botany), stories about pets (Sunshine is of course in there) and an altogether amazing collection showcasing her many contributions and friendships.
Sharon so enjoyed sharing her online friends’ lives, providing words of wisdom, encouragement and whatever else seemed to be needed, that it was felt the tradition should be continued. That means Sharon’s Friends Cubit will also be a place to continue with all of those people she brought together. Sharon may not be able to type in her replies, but rest assured she is still reading and contributing every step of the way. I am certain she is humbled and amazed by all of her friends pulling together, keeping the friendships going, joining together so what she started continues on. If you knew Sharon, read her articles or just want to learn more about this diminutive but amazing person, please make your way over to Sharon’s Friends. And if anything was missed, maybe you want to start a new conversation, or feel like sharing, there is plenty of room for that.
So come on over, join in the camaraderie that so enlivened all that Sharon did, and join us for good conversation, sharing and whatever will make us all feel better for being together. Just about the only rule Sharon had was to make sure we are good to each other, which means leave out some topics that will most likely be controversial, and instead make us all laugh and help each other through this thing we call life. Many wonderful thoughts in her memory were also put together, and if you have more to add these can be posted on Sharon's Spotlight article that Nancy put up, in the Memorial section at Sharon's Friends and even under this article. However, for the continuation of her ongoing conversations, let’s keep it upbeat and positive, just the way she intended. And kudos to Vic and Arlene, as they really have outdone themselves with this amazing effort.
|memorial, Sharon Brown|
|I have an interest in just about anything that gets me outside, as well as anything that is alive or grows, and in making things. So my hobbies include gardening, outdoors, photography, dogs, woodworking, and most importantly raising my son.|
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