Things to remember when rich & famous

From Miss Manners:

“Nosy people have already proven themselves to be rude, so you should hardly expect them to make tactful remarks. The important thing is to cut them off at the first question. The only explanation necessary is, “That’s personal.”

“But you must also … not [to] fall for two common arguments: that curiosity is natural and that people who don’t disclose personal information must be ashamed of it. Dignified people value their privacy, and being curious is no excuse for demanding that it be satisfied. Under such pressure, they should merely smile and repeat “That’s personal” as often as necessary.”

The complete context is here.



Wagner’s Valentine

Well, the very unexpected still happens: A substitute soloist proves better than the star.

From yours truly’ perch, Jennifer Wilson’s singing gives new and badly needed energy and emotion to a Wagner opera’s cast members and orchestra.

The passion is real and her sound is gloriously effortless. The audience understands what the big deal is with Wagner. It’s a night when everyone’s asking, Who is she?

Ms. Wilson’s spent more than 20 years paying dues all over the world, and nobody was talking about how she looked – just her glorious, exciting voice!

It’s a genuine, well-trained big voice, unlike other sopranos-who-shall-be-nameless. This is her rep and you could hear it ringing loud and clear throughout the hall.

Put the regular soprano to shame.  😉

Yep.  There are still exciting nights at the opera.

Here’s an excellent NY Times article about large voices, mentioning Wilson.


April in January

Moving from East to West Coasts in the United States can be traumatic, if you’re used to verdant green trees and grass.

It’s often thought to have the best weather in the U.S., with dry heat and no rain from about March until about October. (There can be pesky earthquakes, mudslides,  and fires, but with luck one avoids them.)

Indeed, much of the state is semi-arid, which means it rains only in the winter.  The lyricist who wrote  “hate California, it’s cold and it’s damp…” wrote the truth.

Enter the movies, since they’re so identified with the state.  However, pieces such as The Enchanted April, rarely get made there.

Trust the British to write a book and make a film that transports the viewer from acrid post-WW I London to a quaint castle during an idyllic Italian spring.

If Portofino and wisteria sound wonderful ‘bout now, one couldn’t do worse that read/watch this.

The original book was written by Elizabeth von Arnim and is now available free from Project Gutenberg.


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