Ghost bike memorial

Tell me not in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
— A Psalm of Life Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It seems that  a lot of our friends have suffered serious (even deadly) illnesses and tragedies  – this year especially.   It’s like the world is turned up side down for all those around us and our family wants to let you know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Unfortunately, once again we learned of another friend’s tragic passing.  He was struck and killed just a few blocks from our home.   He was a happy- go- lucky kind of guy, who showed up at many of our events to volunteer.  But, sadly, he didn’t wear a helmet and this, of course, is a stark reminder to wear a helmet when riding.

It may just save your life.


  1. Chris V says:

    Indeed, it does seem like the world is turned upside down especially we we lose someone so kind-spirited. My deepest condolences for the loss of your friend.

  2. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, death at a young age is difficult to understand why. My prayers go out to the family and circle of friends. Sudden deaths are especially hard to believe. Many heart felt condolences from Nebraska.

  3. Ginger says:

    My heart aches for the family and loved ones of this young man. My daughter died 14 years ago on 9/11 from a bicycle accident. Please, remind your children that helmets are required for all wheeled sports. My girl was wearing a helmet that wasn’t buckled properly. Make sure your strap is secure or the helmet will fly off your head and do you no good at all.

    But I want you to rethink your idea that ‘the world is turned up side down.’ Have faith and keep moving forward in your work. All is not lost and the things you do are a blessing to others. Yes, tragedy does stick its nose into our lives from time to time, but tragedy can make us stronger and more compassionate. It can be a blessing if we seek to learn its message. We are part of God’s great work. Your family has proven that again and again with the lives you touch.

    My FIL, who died this year, taught us a lesson, when we were young and sad over the direction of the world. A child of the depression, he talked to us about the history of down cycles. He pointed out the low percentage of down times to the high percentage of up times. He asked us if we wanted to live our lives always fearing the short down times or the long up times. Even if he was a bit off in his calculations, he was right on in his principle. Certainly, we prepare for the down times, but we live an up, enthusiastic, optimistic life. So many people think how will we survive if our way of life is wiped out? Instead ought we not ask how can we thrive?

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