This site was conceived as a vehicle for cultural commentary, and such it remains. Last month, however, under exceptional circumstances, I touched on some devastating family news. As followers of these posts have read, my niece Annie Walton-Teter suffered a nearly fatal accident aboard the sailboat Amazing Grace the night of June 1. I solicited your thoughts and prayers. Surprising numbers of readers got back to me with their good wishes, and many asked asked how they might help. The means to chip in materially is now at hand: Annie's sister, Alexandra ("Sasha") Teter, has set up a GoFundMe campaign to cover expenses not covered by insurance, as described in the pitch. If so inclined, please contribute at this link.