This is the website for a broadcast of the Arbuthnot Lecture in St. Louis earlier this month. (It begins with a brief theatrical production of "The Birthday Ball.")
I have been somewhat silent recently because, sadly, of serious health problems in the family. Martin has been hospitalized since April 25th so I have been spending most days in the hospital, though it was a lovely diversion to have 10-year-old grandson Rhys with me for the weekend. In Maine his older brother was starting little League season (and a nice start, with gorgeous weather and several good strong hits) while here Rhys and I went together to an iMax movie called "Adrenaline Rush" whicb involved a lot of jumping off of cliffs (me with my eyes closed; Rhys watching enthusiastically). We also designed a board game...partly because on FRiday I had had a nice visit from sixth graders form an Orthodox school in Sharon, MA, and one of them brought a board game he had designed, to show me:
His was based on The Giver" but Rhys and I did a more general theme —one card said, "Meet Charlie Sheen. Go to Rehab"—Rehab was, of course, a space on the board, along with Zoo, Shopping Mall, Luxurious Resort, and others.
You had to be there, I guess.
It was a nice diversion from days in a hospital room and I was sorry to put him on the bus back to Maine Sunday afternoon.
I have canceled a number of coming events: IRA in Orlando for one. I'll miss being with people I had looked forward to seeing but I'm grateful that others are stepping in. Everyone has been extraordinarily helpful and kind. Martin and I are both grateful.
And Alfie loved the visit from Rhys.