Saturday, June 4, 2011

Miranda Constance Smith

Miranda Constance Smith,  Bus Companion, passed away  last night, leaving a wealth of goodness and love  in her 67 years on this planet.

Model, actress, activist and an organizing force in Greenpeace, author of  a dozen books on gardening, pioneer in rooftop gardening, a leader in organic farming, scholar of Chinese healing, and so much more, she was a positive force in a sometimes cloudy world.  Wherever she went she was at home.  She loved travel and living in sunshine. Selfishly, she made me very happy.  I sorely miss her.

She leaves behind two amazing children, Simone Lepage and Tagore Smith, for whom she showed the way and to whom she was devoted.

The world is a better place for her being in at.  An extraordinary human being.

See also  Bus Companion -- A beautiful Life.

Her daughter, Simone LePage, has also written about her extraordinary parent. See lessons on life, love & loss from my mother.

Badlands 2010.

Casting a lingering shadow still

Miranda Constance Smith — 6/19/1944 — 6/3/2011.


  1. Sounds like you have wonderful memories to take on the road. I'm very sorry for your loss. She sounds like a beautiful person. God bless.

  2. Miranda Smith, may your night sea crossing be warm in the love of everyone you have touched in your beautiful life.

  3. John, what a blessing to have had Miranda in your life. What a wonderful person she was. I am so sorry for your loss, and I hope that your travels will provide you with new experiences to ease your sorrow.

  4. Godspeed Miranda. And John, please post more about Miranda and your life together when you are ready. I am sorry I never had the opportunity to meet such an awesome human being.

  5. John, I'm so sorry for your loss. My husband told me about Miranda's passing, and he looked so sad. They'd never met, but they communicated through a garden writer's page. My husband is a huge rooftop gardener and loves it -- I'm sure Miranda had at least something to do with that.

    I wish you well as you continue on your travels. Be safe and take all of those memories with you to comfort you during your times of sorrow. And when you're able, please do write more about your time on the bus. It sounds like you and Miranda have a story that needs to be told.

    Helen Lindsey

  6. MIranda dear heart, I will miss your wisdom, your clarity, your laugh. Love always, Tyra

  7. I am so sad for your loss, John. May the wonderful memories you hold in your heart help heal your sorrow. I am so grateful for the fun, laughing times she and I spent together and all that she gave to me. I knew she was off on a great adventure...however, the ultimate adventure was in store for her. She touched my life as she had so many. Her wisdom and incredibly clever wit will remain with me and both of my daughters. Much love, Carol

  8. just clicked on the link to your blog from vandwellers and read about the passing of your partner...i am so sorry for your loss...this is a huge adjustment for you...take the wonderful memories and smile...and go make new wonderful memories...all the best to you.

  9. I knew Miranda mainly in Quebec, and often stopped to check out her abundant garden outside Cookshire. Thanks for your note and the photos, a remembrance of a fine person. Truly a loss for you and the rest of us. I feel myself enriched by having know Miranda. Bless you, carry on.

  10. i know it's a bit late, but i just read this post for the first brought a tear to my eye. i trust you are somehow finding your balance and flow as the days move forward. much love and kindness to you...

  11. It sounds like we're all poorer for this loss. Peace to you.