Prolific New York Times commentator Rima Regas and her family are about to be evicted from the hotel they've called home ever since losing their condo last year. To make matters even worse, her disabled daughter must undergo surgery this week to correct a previous procedure for a seizure disorder.
Rima, who also runs her own blog, has as a last resort started a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of raising enough cash to purchase a motor home for the family to live in. Any help from Sardonickists to help the Regas family realize their dream of a permanent home would be greatly appreciated.
Rima is not alone. Many freelancers are suffering greatly in this New Sharing Economy. Think of us as the buskers of journalism. We survive on tips and donations. Long gone are the days when writers would get paid by the word. Online journalism is increasingly solicited as free content for site operators, and it shouldn't be this way. Unpaid writers work every bit as hard as salaried writers. For every hour spent on actual writing, several more hours are spent on reading, researching, and just plain hard thinking.
In her most famous extended essay, Virginia Woolf said there are two basic things a writer needs: money, and a room of one's own.
Fast forward to 21st century precarious America, and we can downgrade that to a bare-bones existence and a roof over one's head. It's hard to think, let alone write, when you're literally out on the street.
For further information on how to help, please go to Rima's excellent site: