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My mother died this morning. 

It's now late at night in Paris.  I learned the news this afternoon.  Probably in the next couple of days, I will have more to say about this, since one of my ways of coping with grief is to analyze and articulate my own myriad reactions.  For the moment, I'll just say that she died relatively peacefully, if rather unexpectedly, and that my brother and a close family friend were with her at the end.  She was a feisty little working woman who never fully recognized her own strength, resilience and force of character.  Ever since I was a teenager, I called her "Rita", or even, lovingly, "The Old Doll".  But she was my mom.
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