• Upcoming trips

    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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NYday-July 29

Randall’s Island is in the East River accessable by car from the Triboro Bridge (Now  renamed at a cost of four milion dollars to the “Robert Kennedy” Bridge) or by footbridge  just across the FDR Drive about five or six blocks from my building:

Unusual view of the City for Randall's Island . . . . .

Unusual view of the City from Randall's Island . . . . .

And the bridge to get there . . . . .

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2nd1It’s a gala day for we upper east-siders! The tunnelers have completed the bridgeing over of Second Avenue and are begining to move underground. They have left themselves access through large metal sections which they can lift and replace at will. They have already lowered two back hoes into the hole  below and have begun to excavate the access tunnel.

2nd2Blasting signs have been erected at all the street corners so we expect that they will be attacking the rock shortly. Perhaps this will shake down the building next door?

Ethel is now out of hospital but her leg has to be treated twice each day–once by a visiting nurse. My apartment is taking on the look of an emergency room.

Visiting Nurse

Visiting Nurse

The Conservatory Gardens are just opposite the hospital where Ethel was being treated. They make a welcome break from the ward atmosphere:

Crabapple walk

Crabapple walk

Head well over the ball! Gardener tending the lawn

Head well over the ball! Gardener tending the lawn


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