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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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A Nice Spring Day in the Park

I find there is nothing like spending an optimistic Spring day in Central Park for assuageing  pre-surgery jitters. On Tuesday (April 17th) I took my camera and wandered  around the Conservatory Gardens, first popping into the City of NY Museum to see the last of the Cecil Beaton exhibit. The Conservatory Gardens are just opposite the museum at 5th Avenue and 105th Street. The tree blossoms were already past their best but the formal gardens were in wonderful shape. (Click on each picture for the best detail):

Idyllic wedding picture lawn

5th Avenue pagoda viewed from the arbour

Artist absorbed . . . . . .

. . . . . working on the underpainting.

Fishing in Harlem Meer (North of the Gardens)

Shady retreat at 9oth Street (South of the gardens)


5 Responses

  1. Flowers are beautiful. I know spring is here as the Wrens have started rebuilding their nest in their birdhouse on my tree in front of the house. they come back every year and I’m sure it is the same family. Noisy, but fun to watch.

    • Have never seen this part of the park. Harlem Meer looks like a place I fished in Sugar Land without the buildings.
      I do hope the bladder scraping went whizzingly.

    • John (Kreig), Here, too, the birds, (mostly sparrows) are noisily scrapping over pieces of fluff and other building materials–they don’t seem a bit worried by the mortgage disaster!

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