Some news is unbelievable. Penelope Cloutier has passed from this life. In equal measures, Janis Joplin & Judy Collins, with a touch of Mama Cass, Penelope was the quintessential “California Girl”. Truly incandescent, she illuminated every room, and improved every mood. Appointing herself my honorary big sister, she took a substantial leap of faith. Dreamer & doer, protector & mentor, she acted in my life in many & marvelous ways. My first journey to the West Coast, my first professional speech, my first visit to Disneyland; all were the result of her intercession. As siblings, we riotously laughed & cried, abraded & annoyed, admired, adored, & forgave. From our first conversation, to this moment & beyond, I cannot imagine her absence. I refuse to be sad; Penelope would not permit it. Mahalo, my beautiful sister. I love you, always.

– Paul Katrich