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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.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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NY Day – Casualty on Second Avenue, Tree forms and more . . . . .

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            This elder citizen collapsed on the sidewalk at 93rd Street and Second Avenue.  Good Samaritans of New York hastened to his aid; one calling for an ambulance, another placing his backpack under the of the head of the stricken man for support:

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The ambulance arrived after about ten minutes, and the paramedics prepared to lift him into it. But, all was well, although bleeding a little from his face, he insisted upon  getting to his feet with their help and making his way home under his own steam!

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The outdoor painting season has begun in Central Park. Here is a life class in session at the 90th Street entrance:

The model was dressed for outdoors - otherwise the viewing crowd would have been a lot larger, I imagine!

The model was dressed for outdoors – otherwise the viewing crowd would have been a lot larger, I imagine!

This artist took  a longer view:

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I wandered up the riding path to the Conservatory Garden which is , right now, a hive of activity–both gardener-wise and blossoming-wise.

Feverish activity by the Conservatory gardeners trying to catch up with the late Spring . . . . .

Feverish activity by the Conservatory gardeners trying to catch up with the late Spring . . . . .

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The magnolias were not to be outdone. They were bursting with energy and joy:

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They inspired this watercolourist. She could hardly wait to get her paintbox out!

They inspired this watercolourist. She could hardly wait to get her paintbox out!

Have you noticed the very imaginitive shapes that trees form when the their cambrium is diverted from its natural path by damage or man-made restriction? Here are a few I found yesterday:

Wild boar?

Wild boar?

Proboscis monkey?

Proboscis monkey?

 

Nest of Snakes?

Nest of Snakes?

 

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  1. I enjoy seeing youir pictures.

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