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Thursday, January 28, 2010


As many of you know by now, my friend Zelda Rubinstein passed away yesterday after living a phenomenally full life. She had so many fascinating stories of her adventures that you would swear that she had actually lived several lives. She was a consummate collector of people. I watched her make friends with strangers as easy as breathing. And Zelda would follow up on ALL of her friends on a regular basis never allowing anything to come between her and her friendships. Though small in stature, Zelda was a giant in her humanity.

Zelda was widely known for the role of Tangina that she played in the movie Poltergeist which helped to launch a colorful and award winning career as an actress and Voice-Over talent. This began after she worked as a teacher, a nurse, a world traveler, and a cornucopia of other jobs. She remained an activist for human rights and AIDS research for her entire life.

Thank-you Zelda for all of the wonderful things you have taught us all about dignity, love, and the power of an uncompromising spirit. You are missed.

All Things Possible,


  • At 9:31 AM, January 28, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is indeed a great loss. My prayers are with all that knew her and miss her. With so much loss this year, how can we keep losing those we are so close to! It doesn't seem fair. - Tanya

  • At 9:40 AM, January 28, 2010 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Yes, it does seem that there has been an inordinate amount of human loss lately. And though I don't want this page to become an obituary page, I do relish the memories of those that have touched my life and I like the opportunity to share them with you guys. Thanks for your sweet comments, Tanya.


  • At 8:03 PM, January 28, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    How sad, but also how wonderful that Zelda had such a full life and touched so many people. I certainly remember her in "Poltergeist" but also for several others - especially some of her television roles (does anyone else remember her on "Picket Fences?").

    As Tanya says sometimes it doesn't seem fair...but the reality is that one day each and everyone of us will be gone from this earth. This is why it's so important that we help each other and do all the good we can, while we can! Thank goodness for examples like Zelda and Chris.



  • At 8:55 PM, January 28, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Words can't express so well here. But I thought I'd share what I wrote this morning on my Daily Mandala reflection (I've been putting them on Facebook after Henry Reed posts his artwork).

    They've helped me in uncanny ways to keep thinking ATB and ATP in the midst of challenging times. Tanya's plea for understanding about life seeming fair is so common, yet we all think we are the only ones who suffer sometimes. With all the folks we've lost in recent weeks, you wonder why, and how do you keep on going? I like to think that these times of loss, of those we've loved, whether leaving the earth or just leaving our lives for awhile, can be a time of transformation if we really sink ourselves into it and work to see what we can get out of it.

    I agree with all of you. Not fair. Sweet memories of those who've touched your life. Importance of helping each other. Here's my reflection: "There are times when life doesn't seem fair. Relationships go topsy turvy. Loved ones are lost. But often, it's precisely those times that, once endured, prove to be transformational. I follow my the vision of loving unconditionally, knowing that all is well."

    I found a couple of ATP quotes today that Chris said in one of my articles. Too long for here, but I think you'll enjoy. I'll post them when I have a chance. And see if you've already guessed what they are:) Off adventuring wishing all a beautiful weekend of love, light and laughter...even in the most trying times. Sue

  • At 3:28 PM, January 29, 2010 , Anonymous Alex said...

    It's very sad to know that Zelda passed away. She was an amazing example of humanity, love, strenght, dignity. So many loved and loving people, loved ones passed in the latest years. Thanks Chris for remember Zelda sharing here such lovely, wonderful words. I also loved your comments here, thoughts and photos Clint shared about Zelda on his website.
    Heartfelt condolences, thoughts to her family, to you Chris and all her other friends.
    It's very important to take care of each other, of every true loyal friend, loved one, always!
    Take care all!

  • At 6:49 AM, January 30, 2010 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    I never got around to complimenting you on the new website look, Chris- and now it seems inappropiate, but I am glad to see the forum survived as a place of sharing thoughts and comfort.

    There's been to many losses around me in the past week(s)- be them people, pets or other personal losses in a more materialistic manner. In all cases we wonder why and we never really get an answer..
    A friend of mine once said we never get any weight on our shoulders that is too big for us to carry. It's in difficult moments we need to believe that we will overcome, and hang on to the memories to make sure our loved ones find a place in our hearts. That way, it's never completely a loss..
    Wishing you strenght and light. Warm hugs to all the forum family! Be Inspired.

  • At 6:30 AM, February 05, 2010 , Anonymous Angi said...

    Along with everyone here i too was saddened by the loss of Zelda but her work lives on as a lasting legacy and testament to her life.

    Strangely appropriate, while i was reading everyone's posts here I've been listening to music in the background and as i'm writing this a song called "patchwork quilt" is playing with the lyrics

    "the only way out of the pain is through,
    hearts are strongest when they're mended."

    A message of hope to carry through sad times as we strive towards our personal dreams, made possible by the love and support of friends, family and all those special people , like Zelda, and our very own Chris, who touch our lives and give us the inspiration to believe that all things are possible.

    With love and Bright Blessings to all my dear forum family



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