The fire last week in Mountain Green that destroyed Loydene Berg's home was particularly cruel.
It is bad enough that Berg and her son, P.J., are homeless. They didn't have fire insurance. They lost everything.
But why did it have to be that house? Fate sure has a way of kicking people when they're down.
Loydene's husband, Peter, was killed in a senseless, random murder in a Sandy restaurant in 2000.
Having your husband murdered at random messes up your life big time. In 2006 we ran a story about Loydene's efforts to deal with it all through music. She told us then that her grand piano was her refuge.
"When I'm by myself, playing, I find that I can pour out all the feelings of my heart," she told us. "My grand listens without judgment and then reflects all my feelings back to me."
Her piano, along with all her mementos of her husband, her son's artwork, everything, is now ashes. The state fire marshal is still trying to figure out what happened.
What do Loydene and P.J. need?
An account to collect donations has been set up at First Bank in Mountain Green. Call 801-876-3442 to make a donation, or mail it to Berg Home Fund, First Bank, 5015 West Old Highway Road, Mountain Green, UT, 84050.
* After I mentioned that the DRG&W Rail Trail in Davis County comes into Weber County, someone asked, "Where's the trailhead?"
Tuesday I hopped on my bike and went looking.
Pedal west on 31st Street to where the newly built Hinckley Drive extension crosses 1900 West. As you descend toward Midland Drive, you will see the trail coming up from the south and dead-ending under the ramp you are on.
The gate is on your left. The trail is a straight shot to Salt Lake City, connecting to the Legacy Parkway Trail and the Jordan River Parkway.
The trail is well-built and tree-lined in many places. I passed many folks out for a morning ramble.
The only chink is one spot near Clearfield where, ironically considering that this is a former railroad line, you have to carry your bicycle around some fences and over railroad tracks. Apparently someone doesn't have permission yet to build the Rail Trail across those tracks.
It took me three-and-a-half hours to get to downtown Salt Lake City. I could have kept going because the Jordan River Parkway trail, with some breaks, goes all the way to Utah Lake.
But coming north, the Rail Trail dead ends under the Hinckley Drive extension. There's a tunnel waiting for someone to build the trail north, but nothing beyond but weeds.
Davis County has done a lovely job. Weber, it's your turn.
* I was sad to see that Bert Havas died last week
Bert, 71, was an attorney doing personal injury and labor work, but his personal story made him stand out.
Bert survived the Holocaust during World War II. He was a baby in arms when his family was sent to a concentration camp, and it's a testimony to the grit of his parents that he survived, came to America and flourished.
With Bert's death we've lost a small link to that horrid past that none of us should ever forget.
My deepest sympathies to Bert's wife, Sandy. Bert spent his life serving his community through the law, and Sandy spent hers building up the Eccles Community Art Center.
Together they made Ogden a better place to live.