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Along with the food and gift-giving, the holiday season is also a time for reflection and gratitude for all we have. The same holds true for commentator Diane Brown, but it took her a while to reach that point.

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Update, 5:30 p.m.: Scott Simon just talked to All Things Considered's Audie Cornish about his mother's last few days of life and why he decided to tweet about them. Warning: When Nat King Cole's Unforgettable starts playing, no eye will be dry.

Our original post: "The heavens over Chicago have opened and Patricia Lyons Simon Newman has stepped onstage."

That's a tweet from Scott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, at 7:17 p.m. yesterday, characterizing the final moments of his larger-than-life mother. And it was the culmination of the heart-wrenching, heart-filling six-day journey that he shared with his 1.2 million Twitter followers.