I’m so sorry to hear about Ann Marie. Josh and Jessica were at Oriole Lane School where I teach some years ago, and I had the pleasure to get to know this very warm and wonderful family. I lost both of my parents a couple of years ago and my heart goes out to you. Take comfort in your memories and all that she was. Sincerely, Deb
Ann-Marie and I have been friends for over 20 years, and so there are countless fond memories that have come flooding back in the past few days. One I would like to share is how we decided that we should be friends. Our sons were in kindergarten together at Sunny Meadow Wadorf school over 21 years ago. We began to periodically run into each other outside of school and we would always say, “Let’s get together sometime for tea”, but never managed to make plans. Finally, one day we very nearly literally “ran into each other” (our grocery carts, that is) at Outpost and so finally took the hint. We have been dear friends ever since.
This summer at Jim & Ann Marie home listening to her tell the story of when the two of them went rafting on the river near their house. It was one of the funniest things I ever heard.
Once when I was visiting Ann-Marie, she decided to teach me how to make real English tea. She showed me how to rinse and preheat the teapot, never use soap, and never mix the herbal teapot with the one for black tea. Later when she was at my house I made a pot of tea as she’d shown me, and put a wool beret on the pot to serve as a tea cozy. She got a kick out the beret and said, “If you Americans are creative enough to use hats for tea cozies, there is hope for you yet!”
Trish Williams Mueller
I remember the first time I met Ann-Marie…It was January of 2005 and my very first E-Circle meeting. I recall being very nervous, but felt calmed my Ann-Marie’s easy laughter. One of my favorite memories of those years together is all of us dancing…Led by Ann-Marie and Dita! The love and laughter vibrates with me still!
C. Thomas Cook
I was present at Jim and Ann Marie’s wedding. I remember thinking how beautiful it was that two people on the spiritual path were joining their lives together in the ceremony that was conducted by Yogacharya Oliver Black.
I had seen Jim a few times in the years that followed — we even traveled with my son Devon back and forth to the yoga retreat in Michigan (the Song of the Morning Ranch) one time. But I didn’t see Ann Marie again until we met at the retreat at Easter-time in April 2009. We dined together one night and I mentioned that I had been among the people who witnessed her wedding, which surprised her.
She surprised me, in return, by leading a laughter yoga session for me and the other retreat-goers. It was one of the highlights of my last visit there, with the high energy that it elicited, and the creativity she showed in teaching us to laugh until it hurt.
I will be among those who will miss Ann Marie’s physical presence. I’m sure her spirit will be nearby, though, and those who are closet to her should take comfort in that knowledge. Having lost a close family member, myself, I learned that the times when I felt the saddest were times when his spirit was attempting to console me in my grief.
Jon & Eileen Shapiro
Ann Marie was always a joy to be with. We would occasionally get together with the Clark family and George Stube at a restaurant and share our family stories. It was always informative and entertaining. Ann Marie added great positive energy to the world and to all those who interacted with her. This energy will always be part of all of our lives and her future journeys.
although, I did not know her well, in the short time we spent together, I do remember what a great sense of humor she had,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jim, Josh and Jessica
Frank Sorrenti and Family
I trained Ann Marie in laughter yoga. She was such a natural at it because she was so full of joy and fun. I am grateful to have known her. I have posted a tribute to her at my laughter blog: http://laughingwithlaura.blogspot.com/2010/01/remembering-ann-marie-clark.html
This world is now a lesser place.