for my long silence. My brother died in July, and his death has put me badly off balance. I was lucky to have a sibling I really liked. He was a retired lawyer. I want to talk to him about Trump’s legal difficulties and current politics. We would agree about Gaza, though we might not agree about the exact term. Is it ethnic cleansing or genocide? Or merely mass murder? I miss buying Christmas and birthday gifts for him, because it was fun to find something he would like. I didn’t always. He was not especially interested in stuff. But I got him a mystery when he was recovering from his first stay in the hospital, and he liked it, and we had a long phone conversation about the book and mysteries in general. There are a lot of down sides to getting old. At the moment, it is the loss of relatives and friends that bothers me most.