I was at the pub yesterday with some English department folk (Frances Sprout, Marni Stanley, Terri Doughty, Brenda Sully, Dawn Thompson), and of course, we were talking about Mike and how great a colleague he was. The unifying theme was the great love he had for his work and his students, and his quirky, mischievous sense of humour. A few tears were shed. Everyone is concerned for your well-being through this ordeal, but confident that your strength, optimism, and the love you have for each other will help you through it.
All these qualities and more you have generously shared with the huge community you have built together, something that is evident in every post on your magnificent blog.
Love and blessings from Ross, Lynne, and family.