• 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.

    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 -Jeremy at the Cloisters – Art in Lincoln Center

Susan sent me an e-mail to let me know that great-grandson, Jeremy, would be visiting the Cloisters Museum with a group of his class-mates last Thursday (17th Oct.). Interestingly, Susan and I had spent a little time at the same museum only a few weeks previously, when Jeremy was having his operation at Columbia  University Hospital! The museum is only a mile, or so, north of the hospital so we spent time between visiting hours there.
I thought he might like the surprise of a totally unexpected visit from his oldest mentor and, perhaps, not be embarrassed by it. I arrived before the museum opened and met the group’s leader and teacher, Steve, at the entrance. I told him my plan and he graciously invited me to join his group’s guided tour. When the class arrived at the entrance, Steve called out Jeremy and announced our relationship. There was spontaneous applause from the group and Jeremy came out beaming!

He said that he was doing reasonably well after the op. but was not recovered enough to start playing sports games yet and still feeling pain occasionally.

On another note, Ethel, her aid and I went to the excellent exhibition of Al Hirschfeld’s work put on by the NY Public Library at Lincoln Centre. Photography was not allowed in the Gallery but I did get pictures of the humorous artwork in the plaza.

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Jeremy among Capitals

Capitals and Jeremy

Camera battery firing  . . .

Camera battery firing . . .

In for the kill - Tapestry

In for the kill – Tapestry

  Medieval treasures

Medieval treasures

Jeremy under a watchful eye

Jeremy intent . . . . . . .

 . . . . . guide holds forth.

. . . . . and guide holds forth.


"Does this hat really suit me?" "Frankly? Not at all" . . . . . . .

“Does this hat really suit me?” “Frankly? Not at all” . . . . . . .


 . . . . "perhaps, you would like to borrow mine?"

. . . . “perhaps, you would like to borrow mine?”



After the talk, we all boarded the school bus and were dropped off at 181st St. and Broadway to forage for lunch. Jeremy and his friends opted for a Chinese take-away. I really enjoyed myself.

Current Plaza art at Lincoln Center

Current Plaza art at Lincoln Center

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Mila is pushing Ethel at the foot of this one . . . .

Mila is pushing Ethel at the foot of this one . . . .

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This racing car was also exhibited but I'm not quite sure why. I am sure, though, that many a male would love to find it in their Christmas stocking this year!

This racing car was also exhibited but I’m not quite sure why. I am certain, though, that many a male would love to find it in their Christmas stocking this year!

The end of a fine day--sundown in the living room!

The end of a fine day–sundown in the living room!


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