Sad week for bloggers in the real estate world
Most of you who know me well know that I love to blog and tweet, and it’s been a really sad week for social media junkies in the real estate profession.
Active Rain staffer Kerrie Greenhalgh posted three days ago that Irene Kennedy, a NJ Realtor, died after her battle with cancer. Irene started blogging about the same time I did and gained readership quickly due to her enthusiasm and humor. I will always remember a comment she made on one of my first featured posts about the naming of my Facebook page and a bottle of
Merlot Merot (you had to be there).
Today I found out that Clint Miller from Missoula, MT, died yesterday after his battle with cancer. Although Clint also blogged on ActiveRain, I saw more of him on Twitter – @therealclint. When my Twitter account was hacked a few years ago and I decided to start a new one, he helped me get the word out to regain shared followers.
It’s funny how we develop relationships among bloggers and those who tweet. I dearly love several bloggers whom I’ve never met. One particular blogger in Barington Illinois and I have developed a friendship, and I can’t imagine my life without her!
Another blogger (and my first AR subscriber) is TLW (The Lovely Wife) who is battling cancer and she was close to both Irene and Clint. What a horrible week this has been for her to see them both go.
When we blog, we give a lot of ourselves and are very transparent. It’s easy to get to know each other and “connect” on so many different levels. Although I’ve never met any person I’ve mentioned in this post, I know or knew them all on some level. And I will miss both Irene and Clint.
As always, when a friend dies, it seems a natural reaction to assess your relationships – with self, with family, with God. I can’t remember if I told my husband today that I love him, yet I love him more than anyone in the world. I know I kissed my pups several times today, but did I kiss them more than I scolded? Did I write more than “happy holidays” in the last Christmas card that I sent to a friend?
Death is part of life and I get that. I wish we would get MAD enough about our friends dying of cancer to DEMAND that our government do something to find CURES. You know that the pharmacutical lobbyists would rather that we didn’t. FUND the scientists and researchers! NOW! If there’s not enough social security for all of us, we’ll figure that problem out later!!
Goodnight Irene, and goodbye Clint. My life is richer to have known you both.