Last week’s Interchange column (Interchange is our highway-related reference to what other papers call the op-ed page) by Freddi Silverman — a non-smoker — on her battle with lung cancer received two comments at www.princetoninfo.com:
Wrote one: “Thanks with all my heart for your well thought-out comments. As a fellow lung cancer patient, I too, am outraged by the lack of research funding. It would be wonderful to see your new hospital’s board of directors establish a cancer research center there, in cooperation with Princeton University, and to do all that it takes to recruit the best minds in the world.
“It’s going to take a monumental effort the size of the Manhattan Project (which we created to develop the atomic bomb and win World War II) and if the USA could do it then, I’d like to believe we can do it again to win the war on cancer. A cure for lung cancer would surely create a cure for all cancer!”
Another online reader made the following observation: “I concur with your comments and insights on the workings and politics of this lethal disease. As survivors we are simply dismissed. I too have fought this monster for four years and find the most tragic area is the lack of support for survivors. Consider the programs, support, and re-hab offered alcoholics and drug addicts, while we continue to be treated as criminals.”
#b#Life Beyond U.S. 1:#/b# Karen Hodges Miller, a frequent contributor to our pages, also is the owner of Open Door Publications in Lawrenceville. Earlier this year Miller added book publishing to Open Door’s list of writing and editing services, and on Saturday, December 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. she is celebrating her company’s first round of published authors with an open house at the Plainsboro Public Library. The event is free, but Miller asks that you RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The open house will highlight authors Nick Kolesnikoff, Dave Laggini, Gwen Faulkner, Dayle Herstik, and Cynthia Yoder, whom Miller guided through their first book projects this year. If you are thinking about writing your own book you can ask Miller, or you can read her advice for self-publishing on our website (“You’re an Author — Who Knows,” U.S. 1, June 2, 2010).
Even our editor is getting out of the office. Richard K. Rein will appear on Monday, December 6, at 6 p.m. in a panel discussion at Labyrinth Books co-sponsored by the online magazine, Wild River Review. The panel is headlined by Mary Catherine Bateson, author of “Composing a Further Life,” a discussion of what she calls a new stage of the life cycle, Adulthood II.
Other panelists are Harriet Mayor Fulbright, president of the J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center and the wife of the late Senator J. William Fulbright; and Edmund Keeley, professor emeritus at Princeton University.
#b#Correction:#/b# Last week’s Survival Guide item, “Computer Users, Stretch Yourselves,” mistakenly announced that the free yoga session sponsored by Cranbury Therapeutic Massage would be held at the business. The session will be held on Thursday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cranbury Public Library. For information call 609-655-1801.