This site is dedicated to the memory of Karen Mercer.

Born on February 2, 1944, Karen led a remarkable, high-integrity, very intense and conscious life, loving beauty and concerned about the world and the quality of life available to all. Her way of living her dying with her partner Tom Atlee and so many other friends was a many-dimensioned miracle in itself. She is much loved and will always be remembered by all her friends and family. >>> To see a slide show of photos, click the picture to the right. To see all the thoughts and poems, click "Gallery" above. To contribute your own thoughts or photos, click "Contribute" above. >>>> To download all the updates as a Word doc click http://tinyurl.com/246u2pl

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A quote a friend gave me from "Doctor, Doctor"": "Never knock on Death's door. Ring the bell and run away! Death *really* hates that." That seems like a fairly good description of what Karen did, several times.
From Tom on 09/17/2010
Karen and Tom were early members of what became Berkeley Cohousing. They provided us with guidance on community decision-making (consensus based)that has proven so valuable in the years since. Although they were never able to become part of our group (as tax resisters private property could be seized by the IRS) they threw themselves into the project whole-heartedly. Their vision of what cohousing could be was so much appreciated by me since I lost my own wife to cancer 10 years later but while living in cohousing. The phenomenal support that this model provides to its members during especially stressful times cannot be understated. So thanks Karen and Tom. I'll never forget. David Dobkin, member Berkeley Cohousing
Sent by David Dobkin on 09/09/2010
Yesterday, I went to the refrigerator and sliced an orange. As I tasted its tangy, bracing, sweet juice, I was reminded of Karen and a beautiful days spent with her and Tom in their Oakland place. We talked for hours about all kinds of things and laughed and talked more. Among other things we talked about David Spangler's book, Everyday Miracles, about the art of manifestation. Our throats were starting to get parchedm and Karen asked if we'd like some oranges. Tom and I both said, YES! Soon Karen was back with some excellent cold sliced oranges. The taste was delicious, so welcome -- and so now sliced oranges always remind me of Karen -- herself so tangy, bracing, nourishing, and sweet, one of the purest gifts of nature. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for her presence in my life. Jeff
Sent by Jeff on 27/08/2010