• Upcoming trips

    January 6, 2014 I have booked a cruise around the eastern Caribbean on the new NCL ship 'Breakaway' from 19th to 31st January
  • Theatre and Music

    January 15 Saw "The Portrait", a new play by Sarah Levine Simon, directed by spouse Roger Hendricks Simon who also took the lead part. The play is a situation comedy played as a farce with spot-lit entrances for each of the female characters and an extended bout of furniture changing between the acts. The dialog is witty and the play has a real plot which amusingly gives the snotty brother and wife their comeuppance! Lots of laughs--a good night's play-going.

    I understand that the play is based on a true story of the Simon family and that the portrait upon which the story is based may be seen exhibited in the Jewish Museum on Fifth Avenue.
    January 13 Heard a performance of the monumental Shostakovich 7th Symphony at Carnegie Hall. The concert was in aid of the 'Doctors without borders/Medecins sans frontiers' and dedicated to their work with the children of Syria.

    The massive orchestra of 120 pieces or more, volunteering their services from schools and orchestras all over the world, attacked the work with great enthusiasm. It was led by George Mathew who has directed and conducted four such humanitarian concerts before. The work, itself, is difficult to follow now-a-days. Even for me , who lived, through the period and thought I detected the sound of Skua dive bombers attacking Leningrad (as it was then called), there were long passages which did not evoke the sense of terrible suffering which compelled the composer to write the symphony in the first place.

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Kelsey’s Christmas Extra

Since they would meet at my apartment for Ethel’s farewell, Susan brought with her the Christmas presents which she had saved for Kelsey over the holidays. Here is Kelsey in unwrapping moods:

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Fascinating card game

Fascinating card game

Dress-up

Dress-up

Delighted daughter . . . . .

Delighted daughter . . . . .

Proud Dad.

Proud Dad.

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Dad and daughter cooperation

Dad and daughter cooperation

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