• 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

    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.


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Whenever I roast a chicken or broil a chop,  a nerve-wracking screech assails me from my kitchen ceiling: Fire! Fire!   Fire! Fire!  And it continues until the chicken is done or I decide to eat it half raw.

I have threatened the fire alarm with dire consequences many a time but yesterday evening I was given to reconsider my options. More than 40 pieces of  fire-fighting equipment turned out to battle an apartment blaze in the building opposite. Most of them arriving after the first two had put the fire out. I put myself in the place of that apartment dweller and thought of all those years of sentmental keepsakes that must have been lost in the fire and subsequent water damage. I decided to go out and buy myself a state-of -the-art fire extinguisher.

Some of the 40 or more pieces of equipment deployed


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