Category Archives: Beginnings

Entries related to my biography and development as an artist.

50 WAYS TO BE 50 – Guess Who Turns a Half Century Today (cough)?

  Might as well have some fun with it…. As my mother said, you can’t avoid turning 50 if you want to live… 4. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon 9             … Continue reading

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The Passing of The Oriole’s Song

  The Last Question   I do not remember                     what my father said           when we last spoke.   But my mother remembers       … Continue reading

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The “Grande Dame” is Back in the Opera

“You are like a circus-horse.  As soon as you hear the music, you start dancing.” That’s the loving joke my father used to make about my mother, most likely in German amongst their Berlin friends, since “Zirkuspferd” (circus-horse) is a … Continue reading

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Oh Good Grief

My father is getting company. My mother told me today that my parents’ neighbor and friend Conrad has succumbed to the cancer he’d been battling for several years.  Last year he and his wife Ulrike were so taken by my father’s tree … Continue reading

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On the Anniversary of My Father’s Death

My father, Abraham Ashkenasi, died on this date last year.  Above is the last picture I took of him, the last day I saw him in person. It was February 16, 2016.  Two days earlier my mother called me to say … Continue reading

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Emma Thompson Tackles Tricky Tuplets in “Beauty and the Beast”

  This weekend the Disney live-action remake of the 1991 Disney animation classic “Beauty and the Beast” made a big splash with audiences, critics, and, especially, the box office.  I saw it Friday and was completely enchanted.  The movie smartly recreates … Continue reading

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MANHATTAN BRIDGE and Associates

A Grab Bag of Bridge Photos, Bridge Songs and Bridge Memories. Art Garfunkel lays himself down like a bridge: Bridge Memory #1 (Spies and Walls) Adele’s love ain’t water under the bridge:

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Holiday Repost: HAPPY HOLIDAYS – How this Carol Curmudgeon Ended Up Unwittingly Writing Three Seasonably Suited Carols Himself

(Originally posted last Christmas… Last Christmas … sniff… R.I.P. George Michael…) I plead guilty to being a bit of a Christmas Carol Grinch.  OK, I used to be a BIG Christmas Carol Grinch, really loathing most carols and sometimes resorting … Continue reading

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BRAZIL – Pernambuco Memories

  Brazil – Cornelius   Why have Ed and I traveled twice to Brazil, exploring different parts of the country for the whole month of August in 2012 and 2016?  We do love to travel and explore the world when … Continue reading

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HAPPY PRIDE DAY – One Year to the Day Our Day Had Come

Happy Pride Day, everybody.  Today is the Last Sunday in June, when New York City commemorates the birth of the modern Gay Rights Movement and the 1969 Stonewall riots with our Pride Parade and Festivities.  Ed and I will be … Continue reading

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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER SONG WOULD SOUND AS SWEET

It’s June, rose blooming season.  So let’s enjoy some beautiful roses, and since we can’t enjoy their visual splendor accompanied by their sweet smells, we’ll enjoy their sweet sounds in the forms of favorite “Rose” songs from the last hundred … Continue reading

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NfaC Pride Month Repost: THE NEARLY INVISIBLE BISEXUAL MALE

June is Pride Month.  So I thought I should make my first post of the month a post that deals heavily with LGBTQ issues.  And although my many posts related to my musical Speakeasy almost invariably deal with LGBTQ issues, … Continue reading

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NfaC Repost: Forbidden Movies, Forbidden Music

*Originally posted May 14, 2015: I walked out of the Film Forum mind abuzz and guts churning.   I was chewing on a whole lot of food for thought as well as the ice cream melt I bought to soothe my … Continue reading

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A Funeral – Ein Begräbnis

My father would have turned 82 today.   Friday, April 29 – Funeral Service in Stahnsdorf Cemetery

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Free University Berlin Remembers Abraham Ashkenasi

My mother was leafing through the Sunday paper as she was met with a heartwarming surprise: the Free University Berlin had posted their own commemoration announcement for my father.   This is what is says: “On March 27, 2016 passing … Continue reading

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HERE BE GALLOWS’ HUMOR – Retreat ye who don’t care for that sort of thing

Sunday April 3 my father’s memorial announcement was posted in the “Familienanzeige” section of the Tagesspiegel newspaper in Berlin.  Actually there were two announcements, the one my family arranged, and another purchased by close Berlin friends of Dad’s.  It was … Continue reading

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