Music reconnects in exile


Is music a form of spirituality? With the top of the convertible down, the “Flower Duet” from Lakme poured out from the car into the cool breeze of the South Beach evening. The soprano producing such vocal gymnastics was Joan Sutherland. The mezzo, Huguette Tourangeau. The duet reached a melodic height so luscious and liquid, […]

Travel to Cuba


The sight of Cubans traveling to Cuba, lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, toys and other consumer goods to give to their relatives, and bringing 40-inch television sets, bicycles, video-game consoles, even car tires, bothers me. My annoyance revolves around two points: 1) Those travelers are aiding Castro’s Cuba. Showering their relatives with those items […]