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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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Jeremy in surgery

Great grand-son Jeremy, (now 15 years old) underwent elective surgery to correct a condition in his  chest which was preventing  its normal development–a condition which was causing him increasing distress and embarrassment. To put it simply, surgery entailed inserting a rod through Jeremy’s chest and flexing it outwards! (It is called “The Nuss Procedure, after the Surgeon who invented it)  It was done in Columbia Presbyterian Hospital on the far north west side of Manhattan–the opposite direction from my apartment to the rehab place where Ethel is staying!

Daughter, Susan, (his grandmother) brought Amy (his mother) to stay at my apartment until he his discharged.

The operation was a great success and Jeremy is very pleased with his new chest (Amy had to take pictures of it to show him, since he was not allowed to sit up for the first day). Amy has a cot by the side of his hospital bed. She sent me the two pictures (pre-anesthesia) below:

Susan and I, to while away the four to six hours it would take before people, other than his parents, were allowed to see him, visited the Cloisters, which are only a little way north of the hospital.

Amy suiting up

Amy suiting up

A very adult Jeremy before the ordeal

A very adult Jeremy before the ordeal


2 Responses

  1. Dear Ben… I am so glad the operation was a great success. Wonderful news! Much love, Bonnie

  2. Hooray for Jeremy! Sounds like a big surgery – I’ll bet you, Amy and Susan are relieved to be on the other side of this. Not to mention Jeremy. Wishing him swift healing and rest for you all!

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