• Upcoming trips

    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

  • theatre and Concerrts

    July 1  Saw “Napoli, Brooklyn” by Meghan Kennedy at the Laura Pels Theatre. It is based upon a real-life disaster, the surprise staging of which, is mind shattering! However, the story line has a surfeit of themes added; religious brain-washing, the effect of a bullying husband and father and lesbian freedom. None of these is fully convincing in spite of the excellent acting of the cast.

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Mt. Sinai (the hospital) and Gratitude

Now that I am back home and more-or-less fending for myself, I would like to give a mighty thank-you to my  wonderful, caring, daughter, Susan, who, with firmness and charm, led my fickle anxiety through the myriad procedures of intensive care, and, suffered the interminable hours of waiting for something to happen (or not) which is much of the character of hospital stays.

And, my gratitude to the to the host of well-wishers, friends and family, who, by their thoughtful messages of encouragement, have made me proud to think that the vital interest I have found in the lives of  other humans (of all walks of life) who have crossed paths with me in my own journey through life, has, indeed, been reciprocal!

To the precision miracle workers of the Mt. Sinai heart unit, Dr. Danglas and his valve-replacement team and Dr. Choudry and his pace-maker insert team who intervened in the natural ageing process and have given me an extension of the life of interest and wonder, of which I have already had my fair share, my heart felt thanks!

As a result of the amendments to my internal works, there will be a few necessary alterations to my lifestyle. For example, battery-powered, cordless drills and the like will have to be used sparingly and at arm’s length; I will not be able to use my electric razor less than six inches from my face, and, sadly, the visiting nurse warned me that I must now give up electric welding altogether! Greetings to you all, Ben.






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