Many of our readers know Lou Ann. When she is on the island she volunteers at the Preservation museum, at the Fire Department's Bingo games, and at the lighthouse where she invites visitors inside, and entertains them with Ocracoke history and stories. She also leads Ghost & History Walks in the summer months.
Last week Lou Ann was on a tour of China with a group of teachers when she injured her back and ended up in the hospital in Beijing. She is flying home today, and I will be meeting her, and carrying her home for recovery and recuperation. This may take several weeks. In the meanwhile Jude and Bill will be sharing Ocracoke news and stories with you when I am unable to.
Although Lou Ann was half way around the world (which created various anxieties and frustrations), she obtained excellent care at the Beijing United Family Hospital. She tells me her large private room even included a jacuzzi!
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is about "Ocracats" and was written by Pat Garber. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news031710.htm.