• Upcoming trips

    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.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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NYD – NY Marathon 2009

I can see a corner of First Avenue from my apartment window. Keeping a strategic eye on the activity there, I waited until the first participants reached that point, then, taking the camera and picking up a Starbucks coffee on the way, I walked over to 5th Avenue and stationed myself between 94th and 95th Streets. I calculated that this would be approximately the 23 mile mark. I chose the spot to give a nice Fall backdrop for the runners.

I had about 40 minutes to wait before the first competitors reached my spot. The wheelchair racers  were the first to appear. Then came the leading women followed shortly thereafter by the leading men.


The agony of the long-distance runner and the resilience of the human spirit . . . . . .



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The leading women . . . .


Derartu Tula (behind, left, at this stage) from Ethiopia went on to win the womens' tiltle

 The leading men  . . . . . .


Meb Keflezighi, (left), went on to win the mens' race. The first American to do so for more than twenty years!


One of 45,000 starters, Mayor Mike Bloomberg went on to win his race for a third term, but not by as big a margin as was expected . . . . .


Determination . . . . .


Still striding beautifully after two hours or so . . . .


. . . . and closely recorded . . . . .


. . . . could that be a hare following me?


. . . but the tortoises were already home!

 After the leaders, the pack . . . . .


. . . . but still determined to win a place . . . .

And then the stragglers . . . . This is a view of First Avenue two hours or more after the leaders passed me on Fifth Avenue. And the runners will continue to pass  by for hours more . . . . each determined to finish the course


. . . to be able to say "I finished the NY Marathon" is a proud achievement . . . . .


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