Last week was a somber time for Triond, as we learned that one of our earliest adopters and most beloved members, Louie Jerome, passed away at the young age of 58. Known offline as Jan Harper, Louie Jerome contributed much more than great content to Triond – she was a pillar of our burgeoning online community, always encouraging and inspiring new writers and helping them make their way into the world of online publishing.
It was a world Louie Jerome knew well from writing not only at Triond, but also on her own websites and on other sites across the web. Her writing was diverse and offered something for everyone. She went everywhere with her writing. She shared novel, inventive ways to use the most common household items (10 Surprising Uses for Aspirin); fun facts about the mundane (Things You Didn’t Know About Tomatoes); information you never knew you how much you needed (10 Disgusting Smells and How to Get Rid of Them); whimsical looks at the world (Extraordinarily Rude Behavior Around The World), its history and its inhabitants (An Extraordinary Glimpse at Men’s Underwear); and fun offbeat pieces where her interest in psychology was evident (How Do You Doodle: Your Sketches May Be Giving Away Your Secrets). And all this is just a taste of the topics Louie Jerome touched upon in her writing.
This great woman was also a TEFL teacher and counselor. We never quite understood how she could be five places at once, but one thing was clear – she handled it all with class and a certain warmth that reached out to us across the world, and managed to shine through even if you only knew her on the web.
So here’s to Louie Jerome, or Jan Harper – by any name, you will be missed!
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