• 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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Seattle and Portland – part two

Following the barbeque, Bonnie and Nancy took us on a boat ride around Puget Sound.  Nancy and I sat up on the open top deck with the sea air in our faces and a local beer in my hand, while Bonnie and Ethel sat in the cabin below with a bag of trail mix and Snickers bars.

Waiting for our boat among the blooms of Seattle

Bonnie, too.

Seattle’s landmark from the dock

Swing bridge

. . . . . .The works

Ethel and Kirstyn

Bonnie at her front door

FREE for the taking! I found this old upright in a derelict front garden of a house around the block.

Bonnie and Kirstyn took us into downtown Seattle to see the spectacular Chihuly “Garden and Glass” exhibit. The artist’s works, installed in the context in which he conceived them, are an extraordinary feast for the eyes. Joyful and intriguing–not an ugly thought among them. The people of Seattle are so lucky to have this exhibit to themselves.

After the the exhibit, we ate lunch in the “Collections” Cafe, surrounded by the artist’s eclectic collections of everyday things like accordians, toys and radios, etc. Clicking on the individual pictures will show them to their best advantage:

To be continued


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