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Remember Kathleen Goddard Jones

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This week I paid my respects to Kathleen Goddard Jones' grave in Halcyon Cemetery. Standing there I recalled in early 1996 I visited Kathleen at an extended care center. She hurt all over and yet I also knew she loved a dissension. I mean, she singlehandedly stopped PG&E, even after PG&E purchased the land, from building a nuclear power plant in the sand dunes between Oso Flaco and Guadalupe beach.

I began an argument on purpose. I told her I wanted to ride my horse in the sand dunes to the beach, an act she and all the organizations she was involved with were totally against. We got into a heated dissension as we vigorously defended our cause. She finally agreed my Arabian stallion belonged prancing in the sand by the sea. Later on people made her back off our agreement about me and my horse. She allowed herself to be used for the bigger picture of fellow Sierra Club members who'd walked into the room during that visit.

Facing east in front of her grave and recalling all that Kathleen had done for the Sierra Club and the rest of us, I realized not one tree, canyon, dune, trail, flower, mountain, or monument is named or built in her honor. She hated to be neglected and I guess that's why her tombstone's northwest corner is buried into the ground as if pulled from underneath. If I remember correctly she was right-handed.

Pete Ferrel - Nipomo

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