• 11/22/2010 Transplant plus 4 yrs plus 77 days!
    We are home from what is Bonnie's third trip to Boston docz since Aug 31 (Transplant anniversary). This week we are celebrating our 22 anniversary. Both of us are busy on the book and with grandparenting. Bonnie's left eye continues to heal the "defects" that probably resulted in an attack of graft-vs-host disease this summer. Her Boston surgeon put a piece a placenta on the cornea and stitched it shut the first week of Sept and again in October. Most of the October stitches have come off, but Bonnie is keeping it well gooped and taped shut in an effort to give it a couple of other weeks of rest to secure the healing. Daniel is the sick one these days with terrible hip pain and now a very bad case of the crud. And still we are happy and doing well. We had a wonderful time with the kiddos at Halloween. Bonnie made Halloween coloring books from their own past Halloween pictures (at They all came to hear Bonnie preach on the 21st; they are getting more and more accustomed to being in church and liking it more. We will be celebrating Thanksgiving at Jen's house with them and the other four grandparents. We loved seeing grandson Jackson and his mom, Dr. Deb in Boston. Jackson is quite the kindergartener and athlete these days. He's quite into playing chess. The book writing is squeezed in between doc and kiddo visits and church activities. We enjoy beautiful sunsets over the ocean every night.

Christmas 2009

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    Welcome to Daniel and Bonnie's 2009 Christmas Album. Here are Bonnie's 140 photos. I'll be adding more from Ron and Jennifer sometime (soon I hope).

Jackson Visit

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    Jackson spent a few hours with us today (January 21st).

Travels 'n Stuff

  • 05-07 Fireworks Bellingham
    Here are pictures of our friends, places we've been, remodeling projects we have done or are engaged in.


  • Aunt Deb holds 10 week Lucas
    Some pictures from Zac and Luc's visit to Boston to see their cousin Jack

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June 02, 2011


Robin Sirakides

Daniel, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bonnie was an amazing person. There is a country song "live like you were dying" and Bonnie and you did just that. I think that this would have been her chosen way to go. May her memory be eternal. Please keep us posted on the funeral plans for Palo Alto and any times when you may be here. As you know, she lives on in every person whose life she touched.

Hugs, Greg and Robin Sirakides

Joan Saniuk

I was sad to wake up and see this news. My deepest sympathies and my prayers to you and your family.

It was a privilege to spend so much of the last 8.75 years with Bonnie in my life. I am better for it and know she will be missed, even as I rejoice that her pain is over.

Be blessed. -Joan Saniuk, EDS '08

Margaret Irwin

Dear Daniel,

One of you has moved to the center of the white light; the other remains on the periphery. You are both enveloped in and united by the Light.

Love and condolences,
Margaret and Paul

Mary Lou Wertz

Daniel, We are shocked and sad for you. You both went through so much. Bonnie was a real fighter and wouldn't give up. You were her rock. Her faith was keeping her with us. She is free from pain and with her savior and all the loved ones who went before her.

I wish it had worked out that we could have gotten together while we were on OI.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Take care of yourself as you know she'd want you to.

Mary Lou & Ed from 'Another Beach Experience'.

Rose Dahill

I am so very sorry and saddened. What a shock. Bonnie was an amazing woman who walked so closely with God and her light touched us all and will continue to shine. I am so blessed to have been friends and to have shared this journedy with her. She was such an inspiration to me, to us all. Yesterday was Ascension Day and the meditation from Day by Day ended with "What are you going to do next..I am going to the kingdom of God". I can hear her saying this and I see her smiling. It is not easy for you and her family. My love and prayers are with you all...God be with you..Rose

Louis Vuksinick

Dear Daniel,

It is Friday evening in California and I read your message in shock and disbelief!!!

I only remember Bonnie as sparkling,spiritual woman full of life and fun. I shall hold her in my memory that way. But also recall her couragous fight for survival which was done over such a long period of time. May God give her a wonderful welcome to her new world of eternal peace.

Daniel, my condolence to you over your terrible loss of the great love of your life which you have been care taking so kindly over the long difficult years.
May you also find some peace after your grieving and find some new inspiration in your life.

Warm regards, Lou Vuksinick


Bonnie taught us all so much. About defying all odds, about fighting through the unthinkable, using every shred of experience in the service of a larger community, about generativity and about love. This week she continues to teach us about letting go with ease and grace into eternal light. She was my teacher and my friend. I will miss her in my living room but I know she will never be far away from all I do and think and care about. Bonnie had the gift of becoming a part of the fabric of our lives. That kind of spirit knows no death. I say "hello Bonnie, hello to a new chapter in our relationship!"

Ken Ireland


I am sure that right now Bonnie is thanking Ignatius, Dorothy, and a crowd of heavenly admirers, by showing them, in her lovely, gentle way, a thing or two about the true ontological demonstration of love.

And they are thanking her, congratulating her for living an amazing and full human life. I too am so grateful for your friendship, and showing me what an amazing partnership can add to life.

Tears came this morning when a friend sent this poem that reminded me of the words about thunder and lightening you used in your kind message. My prayers for her safe passage and your well-being.

A Tendency to Shine

If you prefer smoke over fire
then get up now and leave.
For I do not intend to perfume
your mind's clothing with
more sooty knowledge.
No, I have something else in mind.
Today I hold a flame in my left hand
and a sword in my right.
There will be no damage control today.
God is in a mood to plunder your riches and
fling you nakedly
into such breathtaking poverty
that all that will be left of you will be
a tendency to shine.
So don't just sit around this flame
choking on your mind.
This is no campfire song
to mindlessly
mantra yourself to sleep with.
Jump now into the space
between thoughts and
exit this dream
before I burn the damn place down.

- Adyashanti

Zita Macy

I was so surprised to hear this news and then marveled at the thought that I should be surprised, knowing Bonnie's past 9 years. But I think that is what her spirit did for me. It gave me a sense that this is life, looking at the next challenge/experience and expanding ones focus past the negative aspects to the possibilities. She will be a continuing inspiration for me.

Daniel, take care of yourself, honoring the past and looking to the future. Let me know about the timing of the service in Palo Alto.

Andre Leonard, MD

Hi Daniel,
I would like to express my condolences. I am sorry for your loss.
Andre Leonard, MD

Margi Olson

Daniel....she will be missed. After all this, it is still hard to comprehend. We are thinking of you.....It has been an amazing and courageous journey for both of you.

Margi and peter

Bob Alkire

I am truly saddened by Bonnie's death. Many years ago Bonnie got dealt a really bad hand. But from that Bonnie and you showed the best of humanity day after day. I cannot think of a better legacy.

Neal Bhadkamkar


We were so sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing away. She was an amazing fighter and persevered beyond what anyone could have imagined possible. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Neal and Odile


My heart goes out to you. And my love and admiration to you both.
Perhaps Bonnie accomplished what she needed to in that long year that turned into nine. Perhaps you did as well.
I hope to see you in Palo Alto.



I just heard the news about Bonnie and am so sorry for you and both your families. I am of course am feeling a mixture of sadness that Bonnie is no longer with us and joy, such joy, at her life and example, and remembering the times we all spent together. Huge hugs and please be sure to let me know about the service in CA so I can be there. Peace, Berkeley

Deise Maccioli-EDS


So sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing. She was an amazing woman. I feel blessed to have known her. I believe she was on this earth for 9 years after her diagnosis due to the unwavering love & support you gave her. Dan, you are in my thought & prayers.

peace & blessings,
Denise Maccioli


Dear Daniel,

David, Avery and Jared join me in sending you our love from Mountain View. I smiled to see you seek to contact all who loved her and it made me think of how her smile reached out like that and then the giggle too. And kept on rolling and tickling and supporting. I will keep on rolling and tickling and supporting over and beyond the seeable horizon. I think your quest for who loved her and the laugh both partake of a little immortality and that both will keep in motion long beyond the pain she has stepped away from in her death. Her smile, laugh, the solid motion of a Bonnie hug, and again the laugh and on and on like that. Even my youngest Jared gets a little Bonnie love though he never met her, because the little I got was so much and so precious that it just keeps on and on.


Caryn Brooks Coleman

Marc Pierson


My thoughs and my heart are with you. Bob was here until yesterday. We spoke of you and Bonnie. She taught us so much about acceptance, openness, and love. She will be remembered with much affection. She continutes to be a gift.


Ron  Skelton

Daniel Jeffery sent us the sad news and we wish to express our deep sadness.

As you know Bonnie and I worked very closely together and I learned so much from her.

Our best wishes go to you

Ron and Jean

Diane LaVeille

Hi Daniel!

What an incredible inspiration both you and Bonnie have been to me and so many others.

I was terribly sad to hear of Bonnie's death, but we both know she is on to much better things with her Heavenly Father. Oh how glad He must be to have her with Him. I know that doesn't make it any easier for the rest of us though!

If you ever get out to Washington again, Alan and I would love to see you. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.

In Christ,


P.S. Every time I eat strawberries I think of you guys! Strawberry season is just coming on! :)

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    NOTE NEW EMAIL: daniel.shurman same phone: 650-248-9299
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    Address until mid-June 2011: 4923 E Beach Dr. Oak Island, NC 28465

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