For the first time since my return from India I hung up my down jacket and strolled down the street in my tiger T-shirt from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, exulting in the 80-degree weather and grooving on the flowering magnolias and daffodils. Here’s proof that forsythia can survive under the worst of circumstances. I won’t predict what will happen tomorrow, but I sure enjoyed today!
Now all we need is leaves on the trees….
Of course I did have a winter respite during my week in southern California last March, when the family gathered to celebrate the end of son Robert’s six months of chemotherapy for colon cancer. Here are a few pictures to prove it.
Jasmine borders Tom’s garden
Just another sunny day
Robert is very strong and has a positive attitude. He’s back in business, full swing, which is an appropriate metaphor for someone who invented the almostgolf ball, is running tournaments around the country, and hoping to launch a TV show. Can’t keep a good man down!
From L.A. I ventured south to LaJolla, a paradise on the Pacific, to visit my old friend, Karen dePlanque. We walked around this beautiful town and even treated ourselves to an evening at the famous LaJolla Playhouse and a production of the new musical comedy, Little Miss Sunshine, starring Hunter Foster, whom I had seen years ago in Urinetown, the musical. Can’t seem to shake my addiction, even when I travel, can I?
Here are some seaside shots that will make you want to dive in….
Artists dot the shore
Should be a great painting….
This has been a great month for opera, concerts, and theater. I try to be moderate, but living in the New York metropolitan area makes it difficult. Among my favorites were Renee Fleming in Richard Strauss’s Capriccio; the Shanghai Quartet; Carter Brey’s Mostly Music; the incomparable Robin Williams in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Jerusalem, a tour de force for Mark Rylance, and my favorite, Brian Friel’s outstanding play, Molly Sweeney, at the Irish Repertory Theater.
I’m still not finished with India. This kaleidoscopic country confounds and fascinates me. It’s hard to generalize about its people, so I will just pick my particular pocket of experience and try to make sense of it. Be sure to watch for the photos. They’re coming…slow, but sure.