• 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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“The Secret World Inside You”

Our bodies are home to some 100 trillion bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms and this interacting host is called : ‘The Human Microbiome’. Just before I went on the trip to Nicaragua, Christine and I attended a members’ preview of the wonderful exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. Every thinking person should see this exhibit. It demonstrates beautifully, how our existence is completely dependent on the very smallest organisms which have existed from the beginning of life on this planet.

the exhibit uses film clips and hands-on demonstrations which are  essential to the understanding of the subject, but, a lot of reading is required too. Two hours minimum is needed to absorb all that the exhibit has to offer.

For members, there was a glass of wine waiting in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals–much needed by mentally exhausted patrons. Here are a few pictures of the colourful displays:

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Christine was so impressed with the exhibit that she felt compelled to show her oneness with the Gorillas!

Christine was so impressed with the exhibit that she felt compelled to show her oneness with the Gorillas!

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