Lawrence Downes is a writer, editor and former newspaperman who recently co-wrote "Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands" with Linda Ronstadt. His career in news included stops at The Chicago Sun-Times, Newsday and The New York Times, where he was an editor and editorial writer. His first book was "There Is Just Us," a 50th-anniversary history of Special Olympics and the battle for inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. "Feels Like Home" explores Ronstadt's family and musical roots in Southern Arizona and northern Mexico. As a freelance writer and editor, Downes works with advocacy organizations that defend immigrants and people with intellectual disabilities. He lives in Northport, Long Island, N.Y.