I had sent an email to Kathryn Perry yesterday. A reader wanted to contact her.
I got an automatic return message that announced that Kathryn has died while on duty, of a cerebral aneurysm.
I am so stunned. 4 deaths since January 14.
5 deaths in the past year.
My heart is so heavy for them.
I can reflect back on a period in my family where we went through a similar spate of deaths. My grandma on my dad's side was followed by a cousin who was murdered, she was followed by another female cousin who committed suicide. Then my grandmother on my mom's side passed, followed by my uncle - her son. My grandfather and my father passed within months of each other. This in a 24 month period.
You would just start coming around emotionally and wham, you'd get hit with another loss.
At times the burden was so heavy.
I feel that way again. While the Perry's are not blood family, the four who have passed away since January had all become members of my extended family. They were all talented non professional writers who had interesting perspectives and strong opinions.
Our newspaper feels their loss.
I myself am struggling yet again to hold it together. It's a sad fact of life that we loose those we care about - they have to go on the journey to the other side alone, for now.
The thing I am holding on to for now is that they are all buried in Ireland and while I will have no way to visit their graves as they are on private property and I have no way to connect with the property owner, I will at least get to ride the roads they rode and because of their wonderful stories, I will get to experience and see a few of the sights they all held dear.
Beth, Marion, Sasha, Adelle, Shannon, brother Matt, Melek (William's widow who is expecting) - my prayers are being lifted for all of you to find the strength you need.
There is a ton of news in the feeds today and in our Facebook & Linked In networks too.
From Facebook and our friend and writer - Medric....PLEASE SUPPORT HIM - Buy his dog tags - LIKE HIS PAGE - Donate if you can - anything you do will make a huge difference!
Paws Fur Thought
Folks here is yet again another article about Thai..... so this weekend when you are celebrating with friends and family, I would like you to consider doing 2 things.
1. Could we each recruit a another person to come join the cause.
We double our awareness... and we can only hit our goal if we have the money to force a governments hand.
2) So the Bluensoe Charity Challenge,(Link in the article) is a great way to do it...
Have a Pawsitively Pawsome Weekend, Thai & I
From R.A.G.E. in Saskatchewan:
JUST A REMINDER ABOUT THE *MAY IS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS* RUN
REGINA - WILL LEAVE THE LEDGE AT AND RIDE TO A&W IN DAVIDSON - WILL BE LEAD BY R.A.G.E.
SASKATOON - WILL LEAVE THE GRASSWOOD ESSO AT AND RIDE TO DAVIDSON TO MEET THE REGINA GROUP - WILL BE LEAD BY THE LONEWOLVES AND R.A.G.E.
MOOSE JAW - WILL MEET REGINA IN CHAMBERLAIN AT AT THE ESSO AND CARRY ON TO DAVIDSON
NORTH BATTLEFORD - LEAD BY THE CANADIAN LEGION RIDERS - LEAVING SPLISH SPLASH CAR WASH AT
YORKTON - LEAD BY THE YORKTON HOG CHAPTER - LEAVING YORKTON HD
AT PRINCE ALBERT - LEAVING TIMS ON MARQUIS - KICKSTANDS UP AT (WILL BE MEETING UP WITH NORTH BATTLEFORD)
IF ANYONE IS ABLE TO COME OUT AND TAKES PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF ANY OF THESE RUNS IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED - ALSO IF YOU HAVE R.A.G.E. GEAR PLEASE WEAR IT!! WE REQUEST THAT EVERYONE RIDE WITHIN THE LAW AND STAY ALERT AS YOU WILL BE RIDING IN A GROUP - IF YOU DO NOT KNOW GROUP HAND SIGNALS PLEASE DO YOUR HOME WORK!
WE WANT AS MANY BIKES OUT PROVINCIALLY AS WE CAN - SO IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A RUN IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY PLEASE POST YOUR LEAVING TIME ON THE EVENT PAGE - THERE IS NO COST FOR THIS RIDE - HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE AND KEEP THE SHINY SIDE UP :)
Classy Chassis in Lakefield Ontario is having their season opener event soon:
Belt Drive Betty
Manitoba is targeting the Hells Angels
In Vaughn Ontario a rider has passed away after a crash.
In Langley BC a man shares his passion for the old bikes
In Sports news - there will be fewer western races for MotoGP
In Event News the World of Wheels is on in Peachland and the Barrie Construction Association Caner Ride is gearing up in Ontario
In Support Our Troops News - Vets are frustrated at lack of funding for PTSD dogs
I leave you with a few funnies shared with me by friends on Facebook and via emails...I need something to giggle at...it's been a rough start to the day.
If you are lucky enough to be riding today, please ride like everyone around you is blind and can not see you - Motorcycle Awareness - Do Your Part - Ride Smart™!
Belt Drive Betty
Editor & Rider