A gem among men

Sometimes with family, you really luck out.  True, sometimes family saddles you with serial killers and moustachioed aunts with lethal halitosis, but sometimes, that sprawling entity known as family presents you with a gift.

One of my husband’s granddaughters brought an extraordinary man into our family.  I mean, we all knew he was a great guy and he’s a gas at a party, even before the juggling and the kites come out, but there’s nothing like a life-threatening illness to strip a person down to his true nature.

And he’s a gem.

His blog is here.  Anything I might add to his story would be an anticlimax.  He’s trying to raise a little money for the Lymphoma Association, too.  Send them a few dollars, to let Martin know you’re behind him.


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  1. Tim on May 27, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    FWIW, my best wishes go out to him. Any sort of handle on lymphoma is likely to be at least partially applicable to a lot of other problems

  2. Gail Lelyveld on May 31, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I just sent the English equivalent of $10.00 to Lymphoma Association. I wished it could be more, but I am unemployed at the moment. I plan to send more as time goes by just because that is what got Jackie Kennedy, of whom I am big fan still. I hope it works. I was Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC after a job interview. I looked the whole store over very carefully. I found “Touchstone”, a paperback with information about this Bennett character somebody wanted in a book with Sherlock. I bought it, and I will be sending in a receipt shortly. I don’t know if I get anything regularly, but I want people to know I support independent bookstores as much as I can considering the above problem. I do want to keep up with your son-in-law and cheer him on.

  3. Laurie King on May 31, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Is the receipt for the Indy contest? if so I’m sorry, we closed that the end of the 20 Weeks…but thanks for buying the book from an Indy.

  4. Merrily on June 1, 2010 at 9:30 am

    What a remarkable guy, and what a rotten disease – I have had too many friends who’ve endured similar ordeals. Thanks for making us aware of this, Laurie, will be pleased to contribute something in his honor.

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