Arts & Culture

Great Scott! Opera Meets Football

July 16, 2015

Great Scott! Opera meets football at The Dallas Opera this fall, in a new work by top contemporary opera composer Jake Heggie and Corpus Christi native and playwright Terrance McNally. And if that isn’t good enough, Joyce DiDonato, regularly starring in Metropolitan Opera productions, is the diva. Having never lived in a large city (not counting New Orleans until age 6), I seldom had the …

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In the Mood for a Party

July 12, 2015

In one of my earliest attempts to build relationships with other single women after Lev died (and to deal with the sinkhole called Valentine Day), I invited several acquaintances—divorced and widowed—over for an “un-Valentine party,” with a light meal spread out on the big coffee table in my library. We watched one of those comedies about “women of a certain age”—with Meryl Streep, I think, …

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A Memoir of Grief and Gratitude

June 29, 2015

The Light of the World, a memoir on love and death and grief by the prize-winning poet and Yale professor Elizabeth Alexander, was published April 21 and quickly made best-seller lists. I have been reading memoirs by widows lately, and I wanted to compare Alexander to two literary giants a generation older than she, my contemporaries Joan Didion (The Year of Magical Thinking) and Joyce Carol Oates (A Widow’s Story). …

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Exploring Private Gardens: Serendipity!

June 26, 2015
Bells5.Calm street sideBells5Calm ocean viewEaston Street, by the light houseEaston Street climbing rosesEaston Street peek at the AtlanticHill House entryHill House motor courtHill House ocean-view sideHill House outdoor living spaceHill House--on cliff overlooking AtlanticHill House English gardensHussey Street historic houseHussey Street sunken gardenHussey Street sunken gardenHussey Street sunken side garden

Lev and Cheri interrupted my writing this morning to insist that I go with them on a walk up Cliff Road to see some spectacular private gardens that were open. My walks usually lead to the historic district, Main Street and the wharf, while they usually head past magnificent ocean-front houses to the beaches. Today they stumbled upon the first of two Nantucket Open Days, …

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Résumé Virtues vs. Eulogy Virtues

May 30, 2015

Brooks, David. The Road to Character. New York: Random House. 2015 New York Times columnist David Brooks wants  to have an important national conversation about moral character in his recently published book. He begins, “Recently I’ve been thinking about the difference between the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the ones you list on your résumé, the skills that you bring to …

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