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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.

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Holiday Greetings from Eileen and Me

The untimely death of dear Ethel following closely upon David’s has, as you all will understand, completely knocked the bottom out of my schedule this year-end. It is impossible for me to organize and send greeting cards as usual, so I will take this opportunity to wish everybody

A  Wonderful Holiday and, more importantly, may you all prosper in the

New Year!

CHEERS!

CHEERS!

Similarly, as a result of Les’s going, Eileen is in the throes of moving to a more convenient abode and will not be able to send out cards this year. She has, therefore,  asked me to post her greetings to all her family and friends:

A Merry Xmas and A Happy New Year to one and all!

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3 Responses

  1. And the same to you dear friend from both of us.

  2. Hi Ben, I’m not sure if you remember me. Kiowas friend Jen. I just wanted to tell you privately that I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you have a happy holiday season. Love, Jen

    Sent from my iPhone

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