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I am a close friend of Jennifer Drayton Austin’s and would like to thank Elissa Silverman for writing the story “Natural Causes” (12/15/00). It’s excellent. Jennifer’s death has had a big impact on my life (and I suspect it will be a lasting one). If you live your life with built-in limits on the choices and alternatives available to you in various situations, Jennifer’s choice and commitment to it is an eye-opener. I miss her dearly.

Somerset, N.J.