Everything sublime is as difficult as it is rare. Baruch Spinoza

Sunday, March 8, 2009


First I lost my voice, then I lost my figure and then I lost Onassis.
Maria Callas

Believe it or not, I grew up listening to opera. My father was a complicated man. Patriarchal, a macho, burly man. Smart as a whip, but preferred to act differently. My father loved opera. First I started out with 78's of Caruso. I think he had every record made. We loved Maria Callas. It was very hard in our family when Aristotle Onassis threw her over to marry Jackie Kennedy. My mother had Irish parents, so the Kennedy's were very important in my family. But La Callas...... 



  1. I know almost nothing about opera despite a cousin who sings it & Ditz who has a thing for singing The Queen of the night's aria. I have heard of Maria Callas though.

  2. I am not an aficionado myself. I had this memory sparked by a friend who asked me if I had ever been to an opera. It made me smile when I said 'yes'. I haven't listened to this music for a very long time. I guess life gets busy. I spent yesterday, during my moments of off-time, listening and wondering why I stopped. I guess cause it was my father's passion and I came along for the ride! I do like it though.


I really appreciate the concept and sentiment behind awards, but I cannot participate in them anymore. I have too may and I have not got the time to devote to participating properly. To all who have honored me, I am grateful but I don't have seven more things to tell anyone about myself! And I'm a terrible passer-oner.