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My childhood was not one that most would seek to endure and my adult life has been more than amply endowed with losses that have wounded me deeply. When things are going badly it would be all too easy to focus on the precariousness of my life and on the many times when kindness and care has been repaid with hostility and betrayal.

Yet I’ve also been fortunate enough to have received totally unimagined gifts of love and kindness…