Lois Farley Shuford (Evanston, IL) is a freelance writer who has published articles, written grants, and worked in a variety of capacities as a pen-for-hire for not-for-profit organizations.

With a passion for history, she is drawn to the stories of regular people living through extraordinary times.† A fourth generation Irish American, she identifies most closely with this portion of her DNA. She draws on her experience of searching for the stories in her own family, the longing to know those who came before her and a desire to give voice to those who otherwise may be forgotten. It is her belief that personal historical knowledge has a healing quality that is sorely needed in our fractured, yet global, era.

A fifteen-year cancer survivor, Lois is acutely aware of the importance of embracing life. She is a strong believer in the mystery and the power of place, and aims to find the sacramental in the commonplace.


I have known Lois for a very long time, but only recently have I known her as a very fine writer. I was thrilled to read Thin Places and quickly saw an opportunity to collaborate as artists, old friends and cancer survivors. It was fun to rummage through her old photos and documents to bring two very different worlds togetheróhers from Irish origin and mine from Armenian. They are different, yet similar as both cultures have suffered oppression and managed to produce a next generation to tell the story.

Lois and I are friends and we are also inheritors of rich histories. Neither of us would be here today were it not for ancestors who left all behind to bravely seek a life of promise.

I am honored to add Thin Places to Inheritance Project-2 as Project 6.

Naomi M. Pridjian

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