I haven't felt like blogging recently. Normally at this time of the year I'm full of energy and ready to jump on my bike and head off for trail heaven...to see everything come alive. But this year I'm not. The weather has been so lousy. And the news has been so dark.
First there were all those deaths in Afghanistan. More good soldiers killed for a doomed mission going nowhere. Then June Callwood died. Then came the news that the brave and good BBC journalist Alan Johnston might have been murdered in Gaza.
I saw his Scottish dad on tv the other day demanding the immediate return of his son so his family wouldn't suffer so much. And it just about broke my heart.
"Hello Old Son, I don't know if you will see this but I just felt that I wanted you to know how distressed and sorry we all are that you were taken."
"Now you have not to worry about us. Your mum and Trini and I are hanging in there and trying to keep a stiff upper lip."
"Alan, all our heartfelt, warmest fondest love is sent to you from all your family and in the fervent hope that you will be released unharmed. Chin up my son".
Talk about Scottish...and sad. So the last thing I needed was this horror story to really get me down.
To remind me of things in my past I'd rather forget. And other tragedies and mad killers.
What more can I say? Except that one.... it will probably happen again. The massive media overkill only makes that more likely.
Two.... that aren't we lucky that Montreal Police learned from their mistakes?
So the deaths of those 14 women and four teachers may at least have helped save other young lives.
And three.....that university fortresses and more guns are not the answer. No matter what the crazy right-wing nuts say.
Concealed weapons in school are the solution to school gun violence. That's what solved the issue in Israel and that's what's necessary in Canada and the United States.
What absolute bullshit. Guns are the PROBLEM. Believe me I know. The sooner we get rid of as many as we can.The safer we'll all be.
And that's all I'm going to say about that or anything else.....except that here's hoping that Alan Johnston is still alive.
And of course....that for me...
Spring can't come soon enough...