• 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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Sunday Afternoon with Julia and Roger at the Rockefeller Preserve.

Having read of our adventures in the Westchester parks, Julia and Roger, who love to hike in the woods themselves, suggested that we visit their house in Pleasantville, and, from there, they would take us for a ramble on the easier paths of the Rockefeller State Preserve. We, of course, jumped at the chance to spend  a sunny afternoon in their company. We took a Third Avenue bus to the garage where Christine keeps her car and drove for less than an hour to the Crawford’s landmark house which was built in the 1700’s and, of which, they are justifiably proud. Here are some pictures contributed by our various cameras. Enlarge them for detail: 

The Two Ben’s – my namesake, Roger and Julia’s son – now towers head and shoulders above me!


Relaxing with Roger in his backyard . . .


Julia, lovely as ever . . .


. . . into the woods . . .


Tranquil afternoon at the beach


Not lost . . . .


. . . . .


Julia and Christine planning the next trip . . . .


Time to rest up and contemplate . . .




3 Responses

  1. Thank goodness you had supervision this time! Looks like a lovely hike

  2. So much more civilized than your last adventure!

  3. Looks like a hike I wouldn’t mind going to. Glad you are not lost because you would have not been able to enter into the blog. Ha, Ha, Ha! Just kidding. Glad to see you again. Nereida

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