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Vignettes of Life

Vignettes of life or more accurately of my life. ‘Hamlet’ is one of the most dangerous things ever set down on paper. All the big, unknowable questions like what it is to be a human being; the difference between sanity and insanity; the meaning of life and death; what’s real and not real. All these subjects can literally drive you mad. –  Michael Sheen It was a stone built bungalow with a decent size front and back garden. The bungalow was on the edge of a Dorset village and one could look from the large front window and see nothing; save for fields, trees, larks rising and the chalky hills before they dropped down to the English Channel. My parents lived there. It never felt…


Cancer: A Survivor’s Remarkable Story

Cancer survivors’ stories are welcome good news in a world full of gloom and celebrity tittle tattle. This survivor’s story is remarkable in every sense of that word. His name is Mel Mann. This briefly is his story – Mel was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in January 1995 and given three years to live. The only possible hope for survival was a bone marrow transplant. Despite numerous marrow drives and adding thousands of people to the marrow registry, he never found a donor. Three years after diagnosis, he entered the phase 1 clinical trial of Gleevec (imatinib) at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Over twenty years later, he is their longest living Gleevec patient.  Mel’s full story can be read at…

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