I'm sitting here about 5,000 miles away, deeply worried about someone I've never met.
I never heard much about her until a few days ago, when a request rang out on a rather closeknit writers' forums I'm active on.
One of our own is in trouble, the post read. She is desperately ill with ALS, has a very young son and is days away from losing her house to foreclosure.
Lore Hall Steele is a fabulous writer. To know what I'm talking about, read this
Washington Post essay she wrote.
Ironically, this article was written long before she knew she was ill, but was only published for the first time this summer.
There is a blogathon set up to help Lori, and provides the following summary of her condition:
A summary of Lori's work:
Based in Michigan, she has published more than 3,000 articles for local, regional and national publications. She copy-editedMichael Moore’s book (Michigan's most controversial son) "Dude, Where’s My Country?" and helped launch his Traverse City Film Festival.
Another equally helpful site, Save Lori's House. also provides more information on Lori, her work, her young son and her situation. She needs you. Five or ten dollars can make a difference.