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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) How many of us, stranded and isolated for the past months by the pandemic and unable to have normal contact with an everyday outside world have wondered about the inevitability of our own deaths?

This gringo has. And with all the death around us, it would be surprising if most of us have not.

A recipient of a regularly rising wave of notices announcing the passing of school and university classmates, each day I do a quick mental calculation of my age compared to the average of the subjects in the on-line obits. And . . .

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