John Walsh

For more years than either of us care to remember my skiing buddy, Jerry the K, and I have taken the first run of a new ski season together. And for maybe the last 20 of those years that first run has been on the man-made snow at Sunday River Ski Area in Newry, ME. While I cheated just a little this season having skied at Attitash last week with the Shelburne Babe, Jerry and I did get to the river on Monday for our inaugural run there. What we found is pretty much what we have found ...

Dick Conway

America's True National Anthem By Ithaca Bound For twenty years, it had lain unused in the composer's trunk. The song had been written for an enormously successful show that filled a country's patriotic needs in 1918. But the song did not quite fit in with the overall character of the rest of the show, and so it had been put aside. Twenty years later, the world was on the brink of yet another war that would claim the lives of millions and ruin the lives of millions ...

Lala Dinsmore

„ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF OUR TIME?‚ Lala Dinsmore In previous columns I have mentioned how much fun it is to look through my stash of cook-books. Just this morning on Maine Public Radio I heard Garrison Keilor (of "Prarie Home Companion" fame) give his usual literary quotes before the local Maine MPR classical music program at 8:30. He was remembering the birthday of Irma Rombauer, author of my favorite cook-book, "The Joy of Cooking". Keilor said ...

Lala Dinsmore

The kitchen is at last all clean and shining; the cookie sheets are put away, and the oven is still cooling off after a busy day. This seems to happen to me every year about this time. I put off baking for our church's Christmas Fair...until the last minute; and then I spend about a whole day waiting for the bread to rise so I can bake it, or trying to decide what new and different cookies to make. But it's all done now and I'll even share with you some of my favorite ...

Ithaca Bound

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." It surely does not need to written that that wonderful line - a line that should be remembered and lived by us all - comes from the beloved holiday tale "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens. The great English writer is credited by many as being the man who more than any other defined the modern celebration of Christmas. For the past few years, I have been doing a program called ...