• 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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New York Day

Interest in the construction of the Second Avenue Subway has waned–It has been going on far too long. Most of the action is now underground and people are totally weary of the never-ending road-closings,  mangled sidewalks, business closings, surface garbage and rats. There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel!

Brazen rats scamper around the garbage-piles in full daylight–they enjoy the stink. They, like us, are waiting anxiously for the subway to be completed–we, so that we can reclaim our sidewalks and trees; they, so that they can get back to their natural habitat. Sadly, it now seems that this event will come too late for many of us– at it was for this character:

A Subway too far . . .

A Subway too far . . .

Fire in Queens

Fire in Queens

Lunch in the Museum of NY new cafe

Lunch in the Museum of NY new café

Fascinating Gallery talk . . . .

Fascinating Gallery talk . . . .

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Mila and Ethel admiring one of Janet Ruttenberg'g huge works on the Theme of Central Park

Mila and Ethel admiring one of Janet Ruttenberg’s huge works on the Theme of Central Park

Ethel enjoys the sun and fountain in the Conservancy Gardens

Ethel enjoys the sun and fountain in the Conservatory Gardens

Sunbathing in the gutter of Third Avenue--Surely not New York's best place for the job?

Sunbathing in the gutter of Third Avenue–Surely not New York’s best place for the job?

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3 Responses

  1. Ethel – you look lovely!

  2. I agree with Susan. Ethel, you look marvelous! Love to you both. Bonnie

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