Edith Layton passed away this morning following a long bout with ovarian cancer. [...] Ms. Layton was one of the bloggers at the popular Word Wenches blog and Susan King reports that [...] a tribute will be posted in which readers and friends are invited to post their thoughts for the family.I'd just like to quote something Edith herself wrote, not so very long ago:
When I think of helping my country, some immediate pictures spring to mind. Photos I've seen in old newsreels: Factory workers assembling things on assembly lines. Farmers plowing, harvesting, sowing in fields.
Miners with sooty faces. Steel workers amidst blazing furnaces.
Teachers in their classrooms. Houses being built. Rosie the Riveter riveting.
I can't do any of those things. What I do is write. And mostly I write about Romance. For the first time in a long time, that made me feel inadequate. [...]
And then I got to thinking about it. What the world needs now is love. [...] I hoped I was encouraging readers to dream, to seek, to hope itself. [...] That's when I realized what love's got to do with it. Love is what we need now to see us through tough times ahead.