• 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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Bear Mountain View

For bikers, cyclists and tourists alike, the steep, hair-pin-bended road to the top of Bear Mountain is a challenge. The challenge for cyclists is to reach the top without dismounting, even if the buttocks get skinned in the process. The challenge for the bearded and be-leathered bikers is to act with complete nonchalence while besotted onlookers ooh! and ah! over their immaculately kept machines (Even the female bikers seem to sport a 5.o’clock shadow). Motorists’ challenge is to miss flagging cyclists when confronted with them head on just as one rounds a bend—quite nerve-wracking.

But the view alone is always worth everyone’s effort. On a clear day, one used to be able to see the Twin Towers 50 miles to the south. Sadly, no longer, but the Memorial tower is already higher than the Empire State building and it will become the marker soon! Here are some of the views which greeted us last Saturday (April 28). When we arrived, the rocks were swarming with young Japanese tourists on an educational outing it seemed:

Japanese School outing?

Biker and cyclists

Bikers’ admiration session

Painting subject?


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