Friends,

I am sad to announce that my mother passed away today in hospice. She has been hospitalized and deteriorating since she had a fall about two months ago, and had been in hospice care for about a week, so her passing was not unexpected. That being said, when I got the call this morning telling me she passed, it felt like a kick in the stomach. Towards the end she wasn't even eating or drinking, so at least she is no longer suffering.

Once I make the arrangements and get her back from Florida, I will post information about her wake here in New York, so any of you who are locally situated can join us if they care to pay their respects.