Community Leader, Social Justice Advocate and Beloved Bookstore Owner, Kathy Epling, Passes Unexpectedly
After a short illness, Kathy Epling, tireless advocate for social justice, bookstore owner, poet, cat wrangler, flower fancier and beloved Southern Humboldt community member died Sunday morning from a heart attack.
In her last post on her blog, Kathy wrote of the impermanence of life and the passing away of what once was. As with any good poet, her words say more of her and her soul then any words written by others could attempt. For those who loved her, take time to read them aloud. Their beauty will both make your throat ache and ease her passing.
We live in a world of rise and fall, of turns of the seasons, turning of the wheel. Beautiful things happen. Bad things happen. The white plum blossom drifts down like snow, and then there may be hard green nubs, and then sweet yellow or red or purple fruit, drawing the wasps, staining our mouths, sticky on our fingers, luscious to our tongues.
In the old days the news that ripped our lives apart came in letters & in phone calls & in people standing stiffly on the doorstep, faces fixed in a polite and terrible calm.
These days—perhaps a text message, a quick pixilated private message, a scrap of news, may turn the world over.
The trees keep blooming. I think you have to figure out what’s important. The flowers are here briefly. And so are we…..
Once I was a little girl, playing with imagined friends, my fine pale hair in my eyes. Once my children played under the falling blossoms. Once, well once upon a time I trusted nothing would ever hurt.
And I was wrong.
I’ve seen deaths, and loss, I’ve lived through a lifetime of wars and damaged souls. People and things have slipped through my fingers. They’ve been lost. I can’t rescue them, I can’t just break out the unicorns and dances, though I would love to. I’ve stayed up, haunted, through many a long night.
And I wouldn’t have missed it.
Her friends and family need help to cover the expenses of her unexpected death and also wish to create something permanent in her name–or at least something as permanent as possible in this world of swift changes. If you would like to help, please follow this link. Memorial will be announced in July.