• 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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Indian Summer’s Day in Central Park (or Venice?)

We were enjoying a string of  80 degree days up to last week. No sign of Fall yet. Here are some pictures of people taking  advantage of  the extra sunny days. Central Park must be one of the world’s most popular backdrops  for wedding photos, winter or summer. Fantasy is encouraged too. How about a leisurely hour on the canals of venice? It can be fitted in this afternoon if you wish.

Sunday in the park with fido. Among the milling crowds, who could ask for a more secluded spot?

Wedding photographer at work

Preparing the shot

"Say cheese"

Late season picnic

Anniversary tributes to the late Fred Lebow, founder of the NY City Marathon and President of the NY Road Runners Club


4 Responses

  1. Ben,

    A dreary day in Seattle, today. Your pics are a welcome ray of sunshine!

    Love to you and Ethel,

  2. Beautiful photos of a beautiful day! Bonnie, it wasn’t a deary day for me. I got to visit with you, Nancy and Erin!!!

    Love to you and Ethel too!

    • Valerie and Bonnie.I am happy to think that my pictures can still evoke pleasant thoughts and responses. My thanks to you both. Love, Ben and Ethel

  3. Hi Ben, our Son Paul and his wife Kealey are coming to New York next week for a wedding in Central Park. Holly is a little miffed that she is not coming as the wedding photographer. Should be pretty in the snow! Lots of love,Wendy x

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