Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Letter 2012

Greetings All,

Big 2012 events:  Bob’s fall and concussion in April, Hurricane Sandy, and the Presidential Election. 

We started out the year with a late “Christmas” at Biz and Tom’s (Tom, Andy and Sam all at home) and the regular Thursday afternoons and evenings, “Baba Days”, with Ethan, Sammy and Aaron Cohen.

In January we visited with Adrienne, Judah and Zoe; Clifford and Dixie; Kaaren and Steve; and West and Dani. We put 1200 miles on our rental car. We found a “new” birding area, Panoche Pass and Quien Sabe Road, near Hollister, CA. Prairie Falcons, Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Roadrunner.

Saw several HDTV Met Operas. Notables:  “Siegfried” and “Gotterdammerung”.

PhilOrch’s new and energetic music director, Yannick Nezet Seguin, inspired me to get a subscription to Friday afternoon concerts.  This season’s highlights: Verdi’s Requiem, and Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky”, which was accompanied by the 1939 Sergei Eisenstein film. I take the train in and out of town and find it relaxing.

Cheltenham Township Adult School outings took me to Brooklyn and other places. Also with CTAS, Bob and I visited the new Barnes Foundation (not as charming as the old one in Merion, we thought) and toured some of the spectacular murals around Philadelphia.

On TV we watched “Downton Abbey”, liked “Person of Interest”, “Call the Midwife”, “Wallander”, “The Good Wife”, “The Mentalist”, “Homeland”,  Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Rachel Maddow .  We subscribe to Act II Theater in Ambler, and watch Netflix movies at home.

We saw Sam Cush in three plays: “Romeo and Juliet”, “Get Smart” and “Les Miz”. He’s acting and directing.

In February I spent several hours a day scanning family slides. It was fun revisiting family events.

We did a little home repair: interior doors and backyard fence replaced, new stainless steel fridge and range.  We bought a new gas fireplace & are ordering a generator for the next time our power goes out, which it does all too often.

In March I went to Katy, TX to help Sharesa recover from a torn ACL. I played meanie “Nurse Ratched”, and had her up and walking in short order.

In the afternoon of the April Delaware field trip I got a phone call from Russ.  Bob had tripped running backwards after a lob on the tennis court and had fallen backwards on his head. He was at the trauma unit at Abington Hospital. To read more, go to: Of course we had to cancel a couple of trips. His recovery has been spectacular.

In June we went to young Tom’s graduation party. Saw lots of family: Faye, Lee & Mary, Sheri & Joe, Tom & Mary Cush. 

In August we made our annual jaunt to Santa Cruz for the Dickens Universe, and stayed with Cliff & Dixie.  The novel was Bleak House this time, my favorite of all of Dickens. We stopped off in Katy, Texas on the way and visited Jim & Sharesa in their beautiful new home.

I put some time in on the run-up to the presidential election, and was overjoyed with the result.

I’m still president of Wyncote Audubon Society. I arrange for monthly speakers, and set up the calendar of activities for the year. This December we had well-known naturalist, author and speaker Scott Weidensaul for our annual dinner speaker. 

Bob continues to play tennis (yes, tennis) and golf nearly every day. So far so good for both of us.