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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

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Rebecca’s Art

Rebecca, my granddaughter (Kim’s offspring), is developing a great talent for drawing. Her style is very imaginative. Here is an example Kim sent me. Rebecca

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8 Responses

  1. Rebecca. I am immensely impressed with the progress your of your drawing talent. The free hair strokes remind me of Hirschfeld (He hid his daughter’s name ‘NINA’ in every drawing. You could easily be a fashion artist right now. How did you start this style?

  2. Rebecca,
    I really like your drawing. Your young lady has a lot of personality. Is she one of your Manga characters?
    Susan

  3. I don’t know If I said it already but …This blog rocks! I gotta say, that I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

  4. thank you her name is Lucia shes the main charecter of the book im writing, although shes changed a bit since that was drawn, but most of her is still like that.

  5. Rebecca.We would all be interested in seeing Lucia again. If you have some of your book ready as a “word” doc. or similar, we can post an installment of it if you like.

  6. I don’t know If I said it already but …Hey good stuff…keep up the good work! 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,)

    A definite great read….

  7. nice work Rebecca. keep it up.

  8. D & P. I’m also trying to encourage Rebecca to do more. I think, perhaps, she has great future in art and/or design.

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