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    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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Tom Passes on!

Sadly, Tom Smith, husband to Kim, suffered a catastrophic illness last Saturday and died.

Since he lived so far away in Scotland, we had resorted to Skype for most of our conversations and, it so happened that I was awaiting a call from him that day to let me know the best version to download! Two years ago, though, he drove Kim and me around Scotland and the Isle of Skye for a marvelously interesting ten days or so, calling in on some of his relatives along the way, and we all found the accomplishment so gratifying that we determined to repeat the drive in Tom’s beloved Lowlands–postponed for ever, now, I’m afraid!

Here are a few favourite expressions of Tom:

Tom in his element — the Lowland countryside of Earlston . . .


Tom with one of his nieces . . . . .


Tom and Kim on their wedding day . . . .


He will be so sadly missed!




4 Responses

  1. Know my thoughts and prayers go out to Kim and all her family at this sad time.

  2. Thank you for your support, Amy. I will pass your message on to Kim. LOve, Ben

  3. My condolences to Kim and her family.
    Thinking of you and Kim.
    Love, Chi & Florence

  4. Dear Ben Alan and I have been out of touch again (playing with our beloved boat) and now we’re home we were so sorry to hear the sad news of Tom – please pass on our condolences to Kim.   Hope you are keeping well.Take care,Love Denise & Alan xx

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