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A couple of folks have asked how Mom is doing. The answer is, “Not great,” but I doubt anything is imminent.

Of course, we can’t really talk on the phone any more, and even mild activity is problematic. But we keep in touch.

Meanwhile, the recent passing of my much-loved friend and editor Ann Fontaine, who also suffered from lung disease, was a real downer. At the same time, my life is better for having known her, and she was a steadfast and loyal friend. I marvel at her tenacity in the face of much injustice and adversity, including opposition to the ordination of women priests.