Responding to the news of deadly wildfires raging in part of southeast Australia:
I'm trusting that friends who I know there are physically safe, though I'm afraid that they in turn have friends and relatives in the fire area. I still hope that one of my friends can visit Maryland as planned soon. Thoughts go out for the people who have been less fortunate in this disaster.
Two writers in my blog roll are based in Sydney and Melbourne: "Prima la musica..." and "On Stage Melbourne". Some of my best opera and concert experiences were in those fine cities.