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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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Atlantic City–Short break

After all the surgeons’ cuttings and scrapings, I felt a complete change from the city would help the restoration. And, Sunday, the fifth of June happened to be Christine’s birthday.

Christine drove out of a damp NY City through some very heavy downpours to sunny Atlantic City only 100 miles south. After a walk along the sand we made reservations at the newly refurbished “Dock’s” restaurant, two blocks  inland from Caesar’s Palace Casino. There, we celebrated Christine’s birthday sharing a beautifully broiled lobster and scoffing four Bluepoints a-piece with appropriate libations.

It was 84 degrees on the following day so we took our chairs and books onto the beach and sat in the shade of one of the beach huts all day! Christine took only the time out to get us two large cold beers from the bar just inside the Tropicana. (Disguised in Mickey Mouse plastic cups).

 

Sunday evening on the beach

Sunday evening on the beach

Bring your own shade. No commercial umbrellas were available

Bring your own shade. No commercial umbrellas were available

Breakfast on the Boardwalk

Breakfast on the Boardwalk

The boardwalk lighting needed some maintenance too!

The boardwalk lighting needed some maintenance too!

THE END

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