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NYMysteries – April 20

Joyce DiDonato Master Classes Part 2  My friend and I had attended the Friday session. There was a soprano, Alexandra Nowakowski and a mezzo-soprano, Maya Amir, one countertenor, Keymon W. Murrah and one tenor, Aaron Crouch. They would not have been chosen for the Master Classes if they hadn’t had wonderful voices. Joyce DiDonato was very level headed and articulate about the tough and rewarding profession they’re pursuing. She nailed their individual foibles. One of the sopranos thought too much. One of the tenors was told that the last thing the world needed was an opera singer. What is needed is someone who interprets every part individually. We returned for the final session Sunday. It was thrilling to witness the confidence the artists had gained.  People flew in for the Master Classes. We sat with a German woman who tracked previous singers. Earlier, a woman from Quebec told me that she followed DiDonato. The singers were accompanied by the gifted pianists Justina Lee and Shannon McGinnis .

Joyce DiDonato Master Classes 2019: Justina Lee, Shannon McGinnis, Keymon W. Murrah, Alexandra Nowakowski, Maya Amir, Aaron Crouch, Joyce DiDonato







I received a blackmailing scam email earlier that day and was on paranoid alert. What an invasion of privacy!  My computer guy calmed me down. He’d heard it all before. I did not reply or answer the email. A picture was attached, supposedly of me whiling away the time watching porn. 


Rev. Micah Busey posted the following on Facebook: 

Reminder to Christians that Holy Week is actually about the government-sanctioned assassination of a queer migrant organizer, the collective trauma and resilience of an activist community on the margins, and the triumph of communal, cooperative, hopeful, resistant, persistent, radical love over racist, hateful, fear-filled empire.

Resurrection always was and still is political.

So there! A very Happy Easter and Passover!



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 private 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 never listens or accuses her of lying? Her father who’s started a new family in 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 being stabbed ? His hated boss, Captain Dick Holbrook, being a trustee of the Windsor School?  Losing his girlfriend to Holbrook?