NY Mysteries Dec. 27, 2019


The Stone Soup tradition at Judson. 

I was in a baa humbug mood. Not Stone Soup I whined to myself. Thanks to a hard working and well organized  team Judson’s 2019 Stone Soup was fun. Three enormous cauldrons  filled with vegetarian, chili or chicken soup were offered. In addition there were various breads, crackers, drinks. I helped dish out the food and had a ball watching people light up at the thought of a good, hot bowl of soup.

There was another tradition: a table with craft materials:  bits and pieces of yarn, ribbon etc. for children to make holiday cards and a section for people to write a Christmas card to a Judson parishioner who lives in a bed in a westside nursing home. That’s Judson! 

Lots of parties and going hither and yon. Christmas eve and Christmas day celebrations were spent with dear friends.

 I met friends in Harlem at RDV (Rendezvous). A delightful French restaurant with charming decor, lovely wine, great service and delicious food. friends had bronzino, duck and mussels. I had foes gras (Please don’t tell Elizabeth Warren.) It was superb and is about to be outlawed in the U. S. A.  

Happy New Year to all foodies and non-foodies!

Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. 

Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a  dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.

Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who  accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie. 

Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college.