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J.C. Kendall

Technologist & Marketer Extraordinaire
June 28, 2013 79 comments 8 shares 210 plus ones
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<message from +su ann lim >

Hi.  It is with incredible sadness that I provide this update.
Thank you for your wonderful insights and tributes to my love +J.C. Kendall  who passed away June 15, 2013.  Jonathan would have appreciated your comments and thoughts immensely.

Originally I wanted to pay tribute to him via a HIRL-HOA (thank you to you who volunteered to help!) but unfortunately when I consulted with other family members  the preference is for a quiet private ceremony with specifically no use of social media.  To share it so widely across the world seems too daunting and painful.  I hope you can understand and respect their wishes.
Please rest assured that he will be sent off in a most meaningful  way – a way that I have no doubt Jonathan would have been absolutely delighted  with (e.g. one more of his dreams will be fulfilled albeit in a revised way).  What you can do is to give him a toast when you have a chance, smile or laugh when you remember Jonathan the man.   You know he would be laughing back with a badass comment  back’atcha.  

Thank you so very much for being such a meaningful part of his life in the last two years.  He told me many times these were the happiest days of his life.  For those who engaged with him, he enjoyed and respected your exchanges even if he may/may not have agreed with you.

As for me, I need to take a little break from G+.   G+ has been a major part of my life since July 2011 and I know I will be back some day .  But right now, the grief I’m experiencing is overwhelming and is particularly unbearable when I sign in and see the streams where I know JC would have jumped in to enjoy and we would have discussed afterwards offline.   I feel the pain others express as well as my own.  Also, it’s crazy but I’m still watching for his posts, listening for his chat and hangout chimes.  Intellectually, I know he’s gone but emotionally, I still can’t believe it.   I’m very sad to have come to the realization that I need a sabbatical from G+ to make progress with the healing process.  I hope to connect with you again when I return. 

In the meantime Plussers, stay well .  I  wish you the best G+ and as well as IRL adventures.  ♥♥

I hope these words which Jonathan shared with me inspire you as they are inspiring me:

"You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies,that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life."
-- Jiddu Krishnamurti

June 18, 2013 99 comments 22 shares 178 plus ones
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<Message from +su ann lim > Dear, dear G+ friends,
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the outpouring of your comments and posts in tribute to +J.C. Kendall and also sharing my painful experience.

I am overwhelmed by your responses to the news of Jonathan's sudden death.  I wish I could be able to personally thank each of you for your kindness, but, at this moment it is all I can do to get through one day at a time.  I'm trying to read and respond to your thoughts but I'm also struggIing to survive the tsunamis of grief as well as moments of denial that Jonathan cannot possibly be gone. If you haven't heard from me yet, please know I very much appreciate your comments and intend to touch base when I can.

Some of you have generously offered help.  I was advised by a couple of you to keep lists of things that need to be done so that others can help me with specific tasks.

Well, one of the key things in my mind right now is what would the best memorial event be for JC - one that he would be delighted with if he were here.  What do you think of a memorial HIRL held at a place where the event can be shared live with everyone who'd like to attend via HOA?   

If you like the idea, may I ask for volunteers who can help me make this special event happen?

June 16, 2013 485 comments 359 shares 1488 plus ones
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With the greatest of sorrow I, +su ann lim , have to inform you that Jonathan Christopher Kendall, my fiancé and love of my life, died suddenly last night on 15 June 2013.  Despite the incredible efforts of our friends +Suzanne Jacob +Gaynal Brierley , paramedics and ambulance personnel he could not be revived.

Jonathan lived as he believed, telling it like it is, with wit and humour, enjoying life to the hilt, with honour, directness and compassion.  I was incredibly blessed to be the recipient of his immense love, and as each other's beloved, to share unbelievable happiness for too short a time.   Jonathan, I LOVE YOU with all my heart and miss you desperately.

One of the favourite activities in his life was to engage with all you here on Google Plus.  He thrived on the intellectual challenges, soaked up  a vast amount of emerging knowledge, sparred with the best, and indulged in posts/streams/hangouts also for fun.  Thank you all for your part in making his life more meaningful and worthwhile.   

Jonathan would be pleased if we spent a little time reflecting together the words of Krishnamurti  used to introduce his profile:

*"You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life."
-- Jiddu Krishnamurti*

June 13, 2013 17 comments 23 shares 82 plus ones
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"There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience."

--Jean de la Bruyere 

June 12, 2013 3 comments 2 shares 45 plus ones
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I never touched him...

June 12, 2013 11 comments 0 shares 7 plus ones
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Funny thing; I woke up this morning and felt like it was my birthday again. Now I know why. 

h/t +Gary Howell 

CMPD detective explains why boy was arrested for stealing mom’s Pop-Tarts

June 12, 2013 6 comments 2 shares 42 plus ones
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"No, I said its dinner time, mommy. No more typing!"

June 12, 2013 10 comments 0 shares 18 plus ones
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"I'm sorry mommy, but I am not getting off your keyboard until I can smell some dinner going on around here. Dont even try to move me. I needs my food." 

June 11, 2013 13 comments 1 shares 9 plus ones
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Articles like this one drive me batty. Not because its wrong, but because its NOT wrong. The only thing, is that regular Marketers have been saying this throughout the Social Media explosion, and our comments have landed on deaf ears because the "Social Media Experts like to trot out their monetization exceptions as if they prove the rule. 

Social Media is for BRANDING, not SELLING! 

I'm sure you remember me telling you this back in maybe... December? 

But now, lookie, lookie! We've got stats now that prove what anyone who as actually ever done real marketing would tell you, rather than someone who jumped on a bandwagon with a book, and a pitch, and caused a bunch of businesses to waste money in droves on advertisements in the wrong place, and mostly to the wrong audience. 

h/t +Ray Hiltz 

Social Media a Meh for E-Commerce Traffic

Despite the intense marketer excitement about social media, Monetate finds that it\'s not a prime source of traffic to e-commerce sites, nor of purchase conversions.

June 11, 2013 1 comments 0 shares 5 plus ones
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It wasn't enough that he dumped her, but she later discovered that he ate the last PopTart too. You just cant do that...

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