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    September29 Christine and I went to the annual celebration of Robert Mann at The Manhattan School of Music. This year, though, Nicholas Mann (Robert's son) had to make a change to the program; at the last moment, he announced his mother, Lucy Mann, felf herself unable to narrate the text to Robert Mann's "The Emperor and the Nightingale". She has turned 98! Instead, we listened to her in a recording of the same piece made many years earlier. It was just as emotive for the highly sensitive audience! So glad we didn't miss it. October 2 Thanks to my friend Barbara, I saw the revival of Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra" at the newly refurbished Theatre Row on 42nd Street and Ninth. Robert Cuccioli played a wonderful Caesar but the direction of the supporting cast left something to be desired--Especially Cleopatra who dashed around the stage like a twelve-year-old losing half her lines in the curtains.
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Christmas with the Crawford/Charters

Susan and Craig came to my place for, what has now become, a traditional Xmas meal for us. My signature dish, served early, at the hour which British kids are usually clamouring to open their Christmas stockings, was: full English breakfast accompanied by Pol Roger Champagne (Dorothy’s favourite), Grand Marnier and Christmas Crackers! Since this building has no chimney to climb down, I took the liberty of hanging and filling Christmas stockings for my daughter and son-in-law the night before they arrived:

Stockings for Craig and Susan


Craig’s plate is already on the table . . . .


Craig . . . . .


Craig openss his Christmas stocking . . . .


Me . . . .


Selfie of all three Christmas revelers (it seems that I’m about to sneeze?) . . .

On Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) we took the Hudson Line train from 125th  Street to Tarrytown where Kiowa picked us up and took us to his house. He had arranged a group lunch for Susan’s family together with Craig’s family at a restaurant in Purchase a few miles away:

Here we all are, posing for the family picture . . . Left to right; Charley (Craig’s grandson); Kiowa, Kelsey and Christie, David (Craig’s son-in-law and Kristin’s husband), Ryan and Kristin (Craig’s grandson and daughter), Jeremy and Zoe (My great-grandson and great-granddaughter, Zoe. Chloe (Craig’s granddaughter, Craig, Susan and me. This picture was taken by the head chef and owner of the restaurant


Kiowa, Jeremy, Zoe, Christie and Kelsey . . .


Craig and me . . .


Chloe, Ryan with Craig . . ,


Me and Kiowa . . .


Jeremy, Zoe, Christie and Kelsey with her back to the photographer . . .


My friend Ruben and me in the Waterford lobby . . .


Lastly, Christine took this picture of the Helmsley building decorated for Christmas.









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