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    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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Artwork. “Bordering on Poetry”.

The second published selection of poems by Elizabeth Burton, pen name of our friend Gwen Hardie of the Border town of Earlston in Scotland.  Gwen is steeped in the history of her birthplace and fights to preserve its heritage. Many of her poems, in English or the Scots’ vernacular concern the Border heroes of yesteryear, but here is a very nice sentimental one about her Dad:




4 Responses

  1. I was curious to see which poem you had posted Ben. This is one very dear to my heart as my Father was a very special person. He deserved to be imortalised in verse.

    Elizabeth Burton

  2. Elizabeth, this former U.S.”Postie” LOVES your poem and accompanying picture. What a wonderful tribute to your father. Ben, thank you for posting this! Bonnie

  3. Gwen. I clicked on your “Elizabeth Burton” link to see your page. The images of your B.& B. brought back many fond memories–can’t wait till we set down our bags in that bedroom again!
    What a surprize! Our dear friend, Bonnie, in Portland, Oregan, was a “Postie” too. She will be visiting us in New York next week–we will discuss the rest of your volume.
    I chose the poem because the humanity and the humour of it seemed to me to be typically you and I wanted my American friends to get a whiff of the Border dialect.

  4. Thank you Bonnie and Ben for your kind words.My Father would have appreciated the humour in it and he definitely was a humanitarian. He loved life and people and always saw the good in everything.As I get older!! I often ponder over his old-fashioned sayings, which were so true.

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