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    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

    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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Congratulations to Christie and Kiowa

Weighing in at 7 pounds 3 ounces, Kelsey London Crawford arrived at 3.24 a.m. on the 18th July, 2010!

Just six days old and contented with life already

Ethel, Kelsey and Dad

Ethel, Kelsey and Mum

Mum and Kelsey

Your Editor, proud great-grandfather, and Kelsey commune


6 Responses

  1. Congratulations, Ben! She’s gorgeous!!

  2. Bonnie. She’s a wonder–I’m looking forward to taking her to the opera!

  3. Beautiful baby and family! Congratulations! Love, Valerie

  4. Kiowa and Christie: Everybody is congratulating Ben. He’s trying to steel your thunder. I say congratulations to both of you,after all who had the baby and who paced the floor until 3:00 AM.

  5. When you get to see a great grandchld, feel it, kiss it, know she exists, you know you have dropped a dot into the continuing forward progression of your dreams.

  6. How beautiful – congratulations to all on the arrival of Kelsey!

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