i just heard back from one of my potentional recommenders (who has written be a LOR for other stuff before) and she said, "i do not teach at the university anymore and therefore don't do letters of recommendation. but if you are ever in town, you have a place to stay!" clearly, we had a close relationship and her letter would really help me! i'm very disappointed.
do any of you think i should try to convince her somehow? is there anything i could say that might change her mind, or should i just drop it? thing is, i've been out of school a while and she was one of two academic recommenders i had in mind. i also have a letter from an attorney i work closely with in my job. any advice is appreciated.