A Glorious Night of Brahms Piano Trios–Ma, Ax, and Kavakos

As Carnegie Hall was sold out, we had the privilege of sitting with 119 other devotees on the stage, a wooden sounding box that once again proved the extraordinary Carnegie Hall acoustics. These three artists joined together for love of Brahms, as each of them could sell out CH any old time. I wondered why…

A Valentine to Getting Older Gratefully

We all have reason to know Bette Davis’ famous saying, “Getting Old Ain’t for Sissies,” but we also know the alternatives are not great. A doctor once told my husband that having a low-level chronic condition was a good way to keep yourself healthy. Well, folks, guess what–we all do have a low-level chronic condition–it’s…

Why is Israel Deporting African Refugees?

(timesofisrael.com)Actually, I know why. Thousands of Africans¬† from Eritrea and Sudan have crossed Irael’s border while fleeing the slave-like national service in their war-torn nations. Israel continues to worry about becoming a minority-Jewish country and has offered refugees a choice between money and a plane ticket to an unnamed African state, said to be Rwanda…

A Time to Vote and a Time to March

(latimes.com)Yes, we’re going out there again–it’s the anniversary of the first Women’s March, which took place the day after Trump’s inauguration. There were lots of us. Today, we’re going out again on the anniversary of Trump’s first year. We have even more to march about. (wivb.com)The government has been shut down by Republicans who cynically…