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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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Kelsey’s Tea Party

July 3rd was a memorable day–we were invited by Kelsey to a rare and special tea party! She had chosen the theme of “Finding Dory” as the design for her table settings. Cupcakes, hand-slathered with green icing were the main dish The invitations were transmitted by the use of a single  poster taped to the garden window–she thought this was more efficient than producing separate invites for everyone.

Click on the pictures for the best detail: 

The gracious hostess greet every guest . . .

The gracious hostess greeted every guest . . .


 . . . . before she seated herself . . . .

. . . . before she seated herself . . . .


 . . . the main dish

. . . the main dish


 . . . her guests were seated for the photo op . . .

. . . her guests were seated for the photo op . . . (Kippy was not among the invitees but he came anyway just in case a guest dropped a morsel or two!)   . . .


 . . .the feast commences . . .

. . .the feast commences . . .


. . . continues with subtle tastings . . . .

. . . continues with subtle tastings . . . .


 . . . an occasional less-than-satisfactory bite . . .

. . . an occasional less-than-satisfactory effect on the palate . . .


 . . . and finally, the ultimate joy from consuming a gourmet dish!

. . . but finally, evincing  the ultimate joy from downing a gourmet dish!


Dad looked upon the proceedings with pride in his eyes

Dad looked upon the proceedings with pride.


 . . . . with tips and encouragement from Grandma, Susan . . . .

Tips and encouragement from expert Grandma, Susan . . . .


 . . . but exhausting it all was and while grandma and Kelsey took a welcome break . . . .

. . . but exhausting it all was and while Grandma and Kelsey took a welcome break . . . .


 . . . Dad flaked right out!

. . . Dad flaked out completely!

The flowerpot crowd

Silent watches of the above events were Susan's whimsical flowerpots. I made a sketch of them and will add it to the Home page.

Silent watchers of the above events were Susan’s whimsical flowerpots. I made a sketch of them and will add it to the Home page in due course.




4 Responses

  1. An awesome garden party…the hostess was very lovely. Nereida

  2. Kelsey is a beautiful little lady. Are you sure Susan is a grandma? Too young.

  3. This is a delightful picture essay, Ben!
    And of course, a delightful subject!
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. Thank you all for responding–I was enthralled by Kelsey’s maturing charm. Ben

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