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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.
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    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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Vultures over the “Palisades”

Two or three weeks ago, we  took Christine’s friend, Basha, and her husband, Neil, for a drive up to Bear Mountain via the Palisades Parkway and thence to the Thayer Hotel at WestPoint for lunch. Although NY City residents for decades, they had never made the trip before and were full of wonderment at the impressive views of the mighty Hudson from the top of the Palisades look-outs and the s-bend mountain roadways. It was a journey I had made many, many times over the years–no visiting relative or friend of mine escaped the Thompson tour!

The vultures were out in force and circling!  We told our friends tales of the fate suffered by unwary visitors but, as I mentioned before, they were veteran New Yorkers and so refused to believe a  a single word.

Click on the pictures for greater detail:

Seeking weary travelers . . .

Seeking weary travelers . . .

Resting between meals . . . .

Resting between meals . . . .

Sated! We're off to our lunch now.

Sated! We’re off to our lunch now.

Christine and Basha catching up with their news (At the top of Bear Mountain).

Christine and Basha catching up with their news (At the top of Bear Mountain).

The top of Bear Mountain is a Mecca for Bikers. Many of you will remember Ethel's Facebook Photo? This Biker was showing off his three-wheeler bike. He was explaining that he was getting beyond the ability to hold up two-wheeler which often weigh read 800lbs or so!

The top of Bear Mountain is a Mecca for Bikers. Many of you will remember Ethel’s Facebook Photo? This Biker was showing off his three-wheeler Harley. He was explaining that he was getting beyond the ability to hold up a two-wheeler which often weighs 800 lbs or so!

 . . . . . still chatting!

. . . . . still chatting!

Basha taking in the view . . .

Basha taking in the view . . .

THE END

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2 Responses

  1. Enjoying your travels and adventures. All is well in Florida. We were in New Jersey in June For our grandaughters High school graduation. She will be attending college at Northeastern University in Boston. Stay well.

    Love Lenore and Larry

    Sent from my iPad

    • Lenore. Very glad to hear from you. I would love a chance to talk over old times if you are visiting New York any time. Love to you both, Ben

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