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    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

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    July 1  Saw “Napoli, Brooklyn” by Meghan Kennedy at the Laura Pels Theatre. It is based upon a real-life disaster, the surprise staging of which, is mind shattering! However, the story line has a surfeit of themes added; religious brain-washing, the effect of a bullying husband and father and lesbian freedom. None of these is fully convincing in spite of the excellent acting of the cast.

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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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