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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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NYD – New Yankee stadium

On Tuesday, Craig invited me to join him to see a game at the new stadium. I was pleased he offered me the  experience for it is unlikely that I will be making my own way there again.  The technology is awesome. Massive 3-d screens are in a state of constant animation. Most of them urging you to buy something and the rest urging the fans to support their team more loudly. It seemed to me that the patrons now  watch the electronic displays rather than the game. In any case, it costs them and arm and a leg. Captive, they are gouged at every turn. $9 for a plain hamburger and $10 for a small beer!

Awesome electronics everywhere

Awesome electronics everywhere

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2 Responses

  1. Hey, 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 GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! 🙂

    – Marc Shaw

  2. Great set of pics at the baseball. Happy memories of Toronto – come on the Blue Jays !!!!!
    Hope you’re both well, as we are. L o Love

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