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    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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NYDay–Rainy day in Central Park

Last week I walked across to Zabars on the West Side to replenish my Orange Pekoe. It was raining and I was carrying a large umbrella to protect the camera lens. Here are a few views that took my eye:

This Red Maple had somehow survived the wind and the rain


True love cares nothing for the weather. Romeo and Julliet outside the Delacourt Theatre


. . . . and customers, there were none!


Native Newyorkers are not deterred by a spot of rain!


6 Responses

  1. Loved your pictres of New York. I am nt o creative with my camera, but I keep trying

    • Isobel. I am sure you are being too modest. Ideal subjects abound in your part of Florida and the light is always good. If you like, I will post any shots of which you are particularly proud. Ben

  2. We loved the captions. Your park makes poets with the beauty of leaves and lovers and umbrellas. What a gift to embrace life with such exuberance.

    • John and Ann. Living near the Park in my years of lessening mobility is one of the great bonuses of New York City living. Observing the evolution of nature from season to season is an increasing joy for me and there it all is–Just four blocks away! Ben.

  3. That’s not Romeo and Juliet! It’s Ben and Ethel enjoying the rain!

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