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    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.


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Gaily Chime the Wedding Bells!

There was great jubilation in the air after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex married couples were entitled to the same benefits as heterosexual ones.  Our dear friends, Bonnie and Nancy were among the celebrants. Bonnie is Ethel’s niece and it was she who flew from Seattle to be by her side for a few days.

Bonnie and Nancy were married in the Burien courthouse on the 19th March, 2013 followed by a reception at Ray’s Boathouse. Romantically, it was at Ray’s Boathouse that they first dated, 16 years ago! Bonnie sent me these pictures:

The happy couple

The happy couple

After the ceremony

After the ceremony

The menu

The menu

The Cakes

The Cakes

Valery, Ethel's niece and Bonnie's sister is standing immediately behind Bonnie

Valery, Ethel’s niece and Bonnie’s sister is standing immediately behind Bonnie



One Response

  1. Dear Ben, I only wish you and Ethel could have joined us! Thank you for such love and support. The joy in your voice when you called after yesterday’s ruling meant the world to me, as did Ethel’s excitement when we talked. Big hugs and kisses to you, Ethel. I know how hard you are working! And, thank you Ben, for everything! We love you both so much! Bonnie

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