It is with mixed emotions that we hear and read Marianna’s post in regards to her closing one chapter and opening another.
Selfishly, sadness for us as a person who has provided so much dedication, professionalism and creativity to The Sun, making it a popular and a go-to resource for residents, leaves a large hole in our extensive media strategy.
The official quarterly magazine, The Sun, as well as providing regular updates on a range of topics of interest to the residents of the Great Canadian Grid, was no easy task to create and maintain, but she did it. Willingly, with passion and unending energy. Putting aside her own creative energies and channeling them into the grid wide publication.
Then on reflection we went, HANG ON!, what about Mari! Yes indeed, what about Mari? So much has changed for her in the last couple of years, so many emotions, plans, creativity happening but not what was really in her heart. The passion and desire to create beautiful pieces of jewelery for not only GCG residents but for those drawn from throughout the Open Sim grids.
Finally, Mari acknowledged that it was time to close a chapter. We accept her decision with heartfelt thanks that words cannot really express. It is not goodbye, as Mari and Reyne are not leaving GCG but rather giving themselves and each other more time to spend together, to work together and play together. Now that is a good thing indeed.
On hearing of Marianna’s decision, Roddie Macchi, Grid Owner had this to say;
"Well....what can I say....Let me put it this way, I don't think very many realized just how much work Marianna actually did here for me. Not only did she run and write and plan and redesign my entire GCG Sun Paper, not only did she build the GCG Communications region for it, Not only did she spend countless hours on blender making rings for region owners and special occasions for events, not only did she organize and help keep the parades we had here with great floats and such, not only did she test things with me so that we had links for anyone needing help so we had them done for them, but she was also my morning coffee lol. Your probably wondering what that
means to me alone. Well for someone who is constantly working myself, chances were it was always Marianna and I that were online first on GCG in the mornings to get our day started, and I mean early lol. So we would start our days off talking about what needed to be fixed on the Sun or if anyone from the night before needed help and I wasn't online at the time she told me. And we did this as we both sat at our computers from wherever our homes are in the real world drinking our morning coffee.
That I'll miss the most.
But the biggest thing out of all this...is never did she ever ask for a free region or money or any kind of donation. She did all this for years for GCG and ONLY GCG...for free....just because she wanted to....for us.
How do you you thank someone like that? lol...you can't...you cry lol...knowning shes leaving lol.
But seriously Marianna, from the bottom of my heart and the many years of watching you work...god bless you and thank you sincerely.
Roddie Macchi......no...Rod MacDougall "
Mari and Reyn on behalf of the residents of GCG, the current Sun team and those who have worked for you in the past, we wish you all the very best for the new chapter that you are starting together and will watch with delight as your creativity emerges and transforms both your own lives as well as the GCG. Au Revoir.