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The Love Continues for Michael Jackson 7 Years Later

The Love Continues for Michael Jackson 7 Years Later

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My MJ dolls

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Homemade card at Forest Lawn 23 June 2016

Every year since Michael Jackson left us, I enter Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, on June 25. This year I am overwhelmed and amazed by the 10,547 roses thoughtfully placed for Michael like a big beautiful blanket surrounding all the other gifts for him from individuals near and far. The roses are a coordinated effort by Robyn Starkand’s group: One Rose for Michael Jackson. Robyn then undertakes more thought and work by paying the roses forward to various charities such as St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels sister Alice Marie, Ronald McDonald House, Veterans LA and the Jewish Home for the Aged.

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The arrival of roses from One Rose for Michael Jackson – created and organized by Robyn Starkand.

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A fan helping set up the roses.

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Forest Lawn – 25 June 2016

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Robyn Starkand w/Sister Alice Marie of St. Vincent’s.

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More roses off to charity.

Rumi wrote that the wound is where the light enters you. Michael’s light continues to light the way for his soldiers of love, on the seventh anniversary of his departure from this earthly plane. The media tore Michael apart with abusive allegations when he became a record-breaking force. Michael’s death triggered a deep genetic pain in me. The search for the truth about Michael became my obsession. It ignited a sense of tragic injustice that I felt as a child from being Jewish and having had my entire family on my father’s side killed in the Holocaust. Michael’s death also stirred the hurt and injustice I felt from having watched my mother’s abuse.

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Samira Landau from France – This is her 4th trip to California to pay respects to Michael

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Tonia Kelly – Atlanta, Georgia – This is her 7th trip, she began coming for the trial in 2005.

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Beautiful, hand made card left at Forest Lawn on 23 June 2016

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Joly, May, Queenie, Jessica travel from Hong Kong every year to bring Michael a flower board made with love.

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From the fans in China.

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Musical flowers

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The Messenger of Love

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The seventh child was not concerned about the expectations of others. He was listening to the music of life. His ideas and creativity were boundless. His joy came from expressing his connection to his soul, and sharing his gifts with others. His dream was to allow the magic and the wonder that he saw, to reveal the harmony and love in all of creation. If people could feel their connection to the oneness of life, the world could once again be a place of freedom and joy. The seventh joy demonstrated this truth, through his life and his art. He danced, sang, and spoke of peace, love, oneness and caring for the land and one another. Thank u Michael. You know u saved me.

The terrorist’s attacks in Orlando, Florida less than two weeks ago hardened my heart briefly. But, I am reminded of Michael’s pleas for a better future for our world. He kept his heart open and soft, even in the face of harsh media lies and public scorn – ever reminding me the importance of keeping your heart open because holding hatred in one’s heart only damages our souls. The media continues to publish totally baseless smear stories in an attempt to defame Michael. As true followers who understand his never-ending love and innocence for children, we continue to stand firmly and defend him against the recycled accusations. Someday the lies about Michael won’t trend, only his legacy. I personally will keep working tirelessly to remind the world who he was; an innocent humanitarian.

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Roses from China

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Left – Fumiyo from Tokyo, Japan.
Right – Biki Zennhoji from Osaka, Japan

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Joly – Hong Kong

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Miranda Yuen – Hong Kong

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May Cheng – Hong Kong

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Fanny – Hong Kong

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May Cheng – Hong Kong

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I love the artistry behind each and every card.

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Desde Chile – From Chile With Love

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Quote from Frank Cascio

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Quote from Diana Dawn DiAngelo

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How cute is this from Mickey Mail?

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I was happy to see the fans from Japan who make the trip every year to deliver this hand made quilt. They work as a team with each person working on one piece, on weekends over the year. Today, they took a taxi from Hollywood to deliver it to Forest Lawn. They delivered a message to me from June, who usually comes. “Thank you and I love you.”

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Quilt from Japan
Left to Right:
1. Yoko Abe
2. Aki Ko Kanazawa – “Michael’s smile gives me power.”
3. Yuki Otsuki
4. Tomoe Tokuda.

Here’s are closeups of inserts of the truly beautiful quilt.

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Asuka

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Chisato

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Ayako

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Aki & Yukiko

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Chisato

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Yurika – I’m truly glad that I met you. To me, you are like the air. You are necessary for us. I love you.

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Dolls from Japan.

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10 year old Timothy discovered Michael when he was 5. He said “I dance, I sing and I love him”. When I asked him why he loved Michael he said “Because he was kind.”

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Another quilt from Japan.

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Quilt close up

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Flowers from France

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“How could I lead my life so that every cell of living matter was also benefited?” – Michael Jackson

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The ocean of cards, flowers, teddy bears and love from fans from around the world to honor him makes it clear that Michael is going to be remembered not for the lies that were told about him, but for the great artist and human being that he was. The media went to great lengths to hoodwink the general public, but the informed readers and fans know better. Michael Jackson asked hard questions of everyone, yet he didn’t preach. That is part of the reason why we loved him and continue to love him. He was a transcendent being, gentle as a butterfly, with boundless generosity. An example of a creative whose life was inspired by curiosity not fear. He saw the beauty in each and every leaf. Michael flew away too soon. We loved and continue to love him for his heart and his art.

I used to dream
I used to glance beyond the stars
Now I don’t know where we are
Although I know we’ve drifted far

The Love Continues for Michael Jackson 7 Years Later


Michael Jackson’s Light Shining on Christmas

Michael Jackson’s Light Shining on Christmas”

When I pull into Forest Lawn Cemetery, I see a grand festive wreathe decorated in yellows, golds and reds. Five years and six months later, Michael Jackson is remembered, respected and honored at Forest Lawn. Dedications to him continue with Christmas trees left in his honor, complete with home made decorations.

Entrance to Forest Lawn

Entrance to Forest Lawn

People have lovingly decorated spruce, pine and fir trees and left them close to Michael’s resting spot, at Holly Terrace. Three different sizes of trees complete with wrapped gifts, tiny bulbs, sparkling tinsel, and handmade cards with candles underneath.

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas for MJ

Christmas for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

There is a beautiful silence on the sacred grounds. Even the trees seem to understand that G-d is closest to those with broken hearts. There is a Jewish proverb: Do not be wise in words, be wise in deeds. And indeed, Michael walked his walk. He didn’t have to tell others how he helped those less fortunate; he just did. He was a spiritual force that touched billions of souls. When I visited Neverland, I saw the special hospital beds for sick and dying children that Michael had built into the walls of the movie screening room. He was that committed to helping the children. Our culture is obsessed with sex and it’s the cynics that made something pure and innocent, into something evil. I was witness to the opposite.

Forest Lawn tree

Forest Lawn tree

Christmas tree for MJ

Christmas tree for MJ

Forest Lawn for MJ

Forest Lawn for MJ

I wonder if he knew how much light he brought into our world? Does he know how bright his light continues to shine? Michael spread light and was the embodiment of love and yet his loneliness never broke his spirit. As I quietly sit, reflecting on how Michael wanted to heal the world, I am struck by the light streaming through the trees at Holly Terrace. And there is my answer. Michael Jackson’s light touched every corner of the world. A golden reflection of light, lighting in every direction: south, north, east and west. “Heal the World” he sang. If we all cry at the same time, maybe we can.

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MJ at Forest Lawn Cemetery


“He’s not afraid to look at the worst suffering and find the smallest part that’s positive and beautiful.” – Frank Dileo of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson’s Light Shining on Christmas”


Michael Jackson: This Life Don’t Last Forever: 5 Years Later on June 25, 2014


Michael Jackson: This Life Don’t Last Forever: 5 Years Later on June 25, 2014

“This life don’t last forever.” That’s the first line of Michael Jackson’s Hold My Hand, which seems eerily prophetic now. Michael’s lyrics were inspired by friendship and togetherness themes. Friendships meant everything to Michael. He cherished, cared for and loved his friends. Michael’s spiritual view of living didn’t allow him to subscribe to duality; making others wrong. “It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right just beat it.” Michael understood loyalty, saying his fans were always there for him.

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Robyn Starkland organizes "One Rose for MJ". She had 15, 627 roses delivered to Forest Lawn for Michael. Amazing soul!

Robyn Starkland organizes “One Rose for MJ”. She had 15, 627 roses delivered to Forest Lawn for Michael. Amazing soul with a beautiful heart!

Sea of cards

Sea of cards

Not only did Michael Jackson create music that will stay with us forever, but he filled us with hope for a better world. Heal the world, Michael sang and he believed he could, one person at a time. “I am your friend, through thick and thin, we need each other, we’ll never part, our love is from the heart, we never say I don’t need you.” Michael wrote in Best of Joy. I loved him when he was a little boy, when he set the world on fire with Thriller and Bad and all the music he created always.

card from Austria

card from Austria

His light shined so bright that when he left, there were no words that could fill the sorrow in our hearts. Michael kept his light glowing even when his loneliness enveloped him. His music lives on. His passion for life; music, dance, singing, animals, film and art continues to inspire us. Along with his beautiful heart which is filled with grace, kindness and compassion and most importantly, forgiveness. “The only thing that matters in life is having someone who understands you, who trusts you and who will be with you no matter what.” Michael truly understood what it is to be a friend.

From Deine Doris

From Deine Doris

How do I even begin to convey how Michael Jackson changed my life? Through his lyrical content he’s inspired me to strive for good. He’s inspired me to be true to myself and never give up on my dreams. He’s inspired me to hold onto my vision.He’s inspired me not to let the naysayers and negative nellies get me down. I think more than anything else he inspired me to be the best I can be at what I do.

from Germany

from Germany

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Henri Matisse said that creativity takes courage. Michael Jackson was a courageous man. He believed he should study the greats to become greater so he studied every art he could – from writing to poetry to dance, music and film. He studied and he learned yet he never lost his innocence. He didn’t shut his heart down; he kept opening it even though he was hurt again and again by the medialoid’s constant diet of trash & lies about him. Only small minded people accept and believe whatever the media writes on Michael. He was shattered over and over yet he kept his heart open, sending love into the world, over and over again.

From Hong Kong

From Hong Kong

From Hong Kong

From Hong Kong

From Hong Kong

From Hong Kong

From Queenie - Hong Kong

From Queenie – Hong Kong

From Yoly - Hong Kong

From Yoly – Hong Kong

From Yoly - Hong Kong

From Yoly – Hong Kong

From Hong Kong

From Hong Kong

On the 5th anniversary of his departure from the earthly plane, we celebrate Michael Jackson by remembering and honoring his courage and his art. I’m moved and amazed at the outpouring of love that comes from all over the globe to Forest Lawn Cemetery every year. It’s a sea of love because we understand that Michael was love.

These are post cards for Michael Jackson from Italy:

Post cards for Michael Jackson from Italy

Post cards for Michael Jackson from Italy

Yoko from Japan told me “I came 2 days ago. I go back to Japan tomorrow. It’s my first time here. Many countries and people gather. I stay downtown and take taxi to Forest Lawn.”

L to R: Yoku Kimura, Makie Yamamoto, Tomoko Fukuda

L to R: Yoku Kimura, Makie Yamamoto, Tomoko Fukuda

Here is a lovely quilt from Japan:

Hand made quilt from Japan

Hand made quilt from Japan

Some of the individual hand made pieces from the quilt:

Marika K

Marika K

From Jampe - Japanese quilt

From Jampe – Japanese quilt

From Japanese quilt

From Japanese quilt

Made by Yoku Kimura -From Japanese quilt

From Japanese quilt

From Japanese quilt

From Japanese quilt

From Japanese quilt

From Japanese quilt

Another quilt from Japan:

Japanese quilt

Japanese quilt

Insert on quilt:

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From Kayo - Japanese quilt

From Kayo – Japanese quilt

From Kana - Japanese quilt

From Kana – Japanese quilt

Sanae - Japanese quilt

Sanae – Japanese quilt

Japanese quilt

Japanese quilt

Maho - Japanese quilt

Maho – Japanese quilt

Japanese quilt

Japanese quilt

Marry

Marry

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Japanese quilt

Japanese qullt

Japanese qullt

Junko - Japanese quilt

Junko – Japanese quilt

Yuko - Japanese quilt

Yuko – Japanese quilt

Rie - Japanese quilt

Rie – Japanese quilt

Carine (Jadzzia) and Erik came from Belgium to lay out about fifty homemade cards for Michael. I asked Erik about coming all the way from Belgium. He said “The world is small, it’s easy to fly.”

Carine (Jadzzia) and Erik from Belgium with some of the 50 cards.

Carine (Jadzzia) and Erik from Belgium with some of the 50 cards.

From Belgium

From Belgium

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Drawing From Belgium

Drawing From Belgium

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His ability to love unconditionally, to forgive from his heart is a lesson to us all. Michael said that people may refuse our love or reject our message, but they are defenseless against our prayers. For all those who haven’t forgiven, may Michael Jackson teach us all how to forgive, before it’s too late.

Atsuko - Japan

Atsuko – Japan

From Germany

From Germany

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Louise from England

Louise from England

From Japan

From Japan

Hitomi from Japan

Hitomi from Japan

"Please, forgive all of us!"

“Please, forgive all of us!”

We are Soldiers of Love whose mission is to spread love. We’re an army, a team of L.O.V.E. Just the way Michael intended.

What is so clear to me while wandering at Forest Lawn Glendale amidst the sea of people from all around the world is the desire for connection and the pain that comes from loss. Just like Michael sang about in so many of his songs.

Michael dolls from Japan

Michael dolls from Japan

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From Ireland

Flower delivery at Forest Lawn

Flowers were coming in a flurry! Flower delivery at Forest Lawn

More flowers for Michael!

More flowers for Michael!

Yet more flowers for MJ!

Yet more flowers for MJ!

More flowers for Michael!

More flowers for Michael!

Lovely artwork everywhere:

If anyone knows the artist, please let me know.

If anyone knows the artist, please let me know.

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With love from the Hungarian fans

With love from the Hungarian fans

From fans in Spain

From fans in Spain

from Germany

from Germany

Flowers from France

Flowers from France

From Argentina

From Argentina

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From Vancouver, B.C.

From Vancouver, B.C.

From Miyuki

From Miyuki

Maria Zhdanova -  Came to Forest Lawn in 2013. She made her way back to Forest Lawn all the way from Russia again in 2014. Michael's fans are full of passion.

Maria Zhdanova –
Came to Forest Lawn in 2013. She made her way back to Forest Lawn all the way from Russia again in 2014. Michael’s fans are full of passion.

Dum Dum lollipops

Dum Dum lollipops

"He left the formula behind. The fix for a broken world is in the lyrics of Michael's music. Are you listening?"

“He left the formula behind. The fix for a broken world is in the lyrics of Michael’s music. Are you listening?”

Cards, flowers for MJ at Forest Lawn

Cards, flowers for MJ at Forest Lawn

Michael loved Dum Dum lollipops

Michael loved Dum Dum lollipops

The creativity from Michael’s fans continues:

Beautiful video on Michael’s fans:

Goodbye, Michael


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Michael Jackson’s manifesto, written in 1979 was discovered.
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Michael Jackson: This Life Don’t Last Forever: 5 Years Later on June 25, 2014


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