• 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.

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I foolishly opened an e-mail last week warning me of  parcel misdirected byDHL. Within a short time my screen was covered with dire notices of attack. Further notices purported to be able to stop the infection if I gave credit card information, etc. I cut my losses and dumped the computer. I needed a new one anyway, and one is on the  way this week.

I lost some files since the previous backup and 5 or 6 days of e-mails. So, if anyone is wondering why I have not responded please resend your last message.


3 Responses

  1. We have just completed arrangements for a river trip from Amsterdam to Vienna in September. Also will have a four day stay in Vienna at the end. We have always wanted to go there and now the chance has come. Hoping to see my cousin Fritz at the Frankfurt stop. He lives about 45 miles NW of there.Glad to be able to keep aware of the two of you through this great site.


  2. John and Claire. Great to hear from you. Ethel and I have made the same trip more than once (usually at Christmas time) and we are sure you will enjoy it. What river boat will you be going on? It’s an added bonus for you having a chance to to catch up with a relation–lucky for you. Ethel is visiting her relations in Portland, Oregon this week.

  3. Have not received ship assignment yet. We are traveling with Grand Circle.

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