John Walsh

This writer had the pleasure recently, along with good friend Lala and her son Phil Dinsmore, of an extended visit to Mexico. We first flew into a city on the Pacific Ocean side of the country called Los Mochis and joined an Elderhostel tour. We then traveled nearly 500 miles into the interior of the Sierra Madre Mountains on the Chihuahua & Pacifico Railroad to view Mexico’s magnificent Copper Canyon and to sample the simple life led by the inhabitants of the region. After ...

National Perspective by David M. Shribman

WASHINGTON -- For nearly two centuries the Monroe Doctrine was one of the principal pillars of American foreign policy; it's been the subject of books, conferences, summit meetings and doctoral theses. For two weeks the Bush Doctrine has been the reigning pillar of America's approach to the new world and the new century; it has barely been discussed or debated. The Bush Doctrine, foreshadowed in the president's speech at West Point in the spring and in a ...

Poof Tardiff

Hello fellow Berlinites. While visiting the Coos County Nursing Home the other day, I was approached by a lady resident who asked me if I was Mr. Tardiff. I said that I was, and she told me that she was one of the people that I had talked about in my story of 1923. Elsie Holt told me that she and her cousin, Berinice Holt Carlson, who I also talked with, were the two nieces of Mrs. Murray who came near to drowning while skating on the Androscoggin River in January of 1923. Elsie held ...

Lala Dinsmore

I’m home from our neighboring land of Mexico! I have wanted to travel there for years, and finally had the chance through a superior trip with Elderhostel. Feeling that one should do what one can, because you never know what’s coming around the corner, I have been blessed to have been able to take some trips within the last few years...in different parts of the world. Taking a journey with one’s children and a special companion has also made these journeys most memorable and happy. We ...

Ithaca Bound

A Study in Contrasts By Ithaca Bound If you didn't know that the bloodiest day of battle in American history had taken place there, you could drive right through the quiet little town of Sharpsburg, Maryland, with hardly an indication that on the 17th of September, in 1862, a pivotal clash of arms shattered its pastoral calm. What signage there is pointing to the Antietam battlefield is subdued. One has to look closely to discover the almost hidden shop names in the downtown ...