A Helping Hand With Effective Programs
Dear Not Singing: Your neighbor’s reaction seems … operatic. All the same, by your own admission, this was not an “intermission,” but a set change. (One thing I really enjoy about viewing these opera simulcasts is the enjoyment of watching how the stage hands — not “maintenance people” — wrangle the enormous sets. It’s a fascinating backstage glimpse of how large productions work and can enhance your enjoyment of the opera, itself.) These days, a glance at your phone is the same as glancing at your watch. However, in a darkened theater, your phone’s glow will definitely distract others. And unfortunately, many glancing time checks turn into text-checks, voicemail checks, email checks and quick Facetime sessions with the grandkids. Checking the time should be fine — but not performing other functions. Ask Amy: Grandparents worry about grandchild’s welfare Also understand that opera lovers aren’t like movie-goers; they pay a premium on a special day to view an art form they love. When asking you to put your phone away, the gentleman should have gone sotto voce. Dear Amy: I loved your response to “Anxious,” the parent who was worried about the appropriate reaction when her child hit another in the face during a snowball fight.
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