The Cars of Foyle’s War

Posted in Reviews & Commentary, by NRadmin

Many history aficionados enjoy a good period mystery, especially when the historical elements are well attended to. For this, Masterpiece Mystery is often the producer of choice and the series “Foyle’s War” is arguably one of the best. The Nine-Part series begins in World War II England and is primarily set in Hastings, with an […]

Review of “The Venus Fixers” and “Monuments Men”

Posted in Reviews & Commentary, by NRadmin

The general subject of protecting items of cultural value — art, literature, architecture and artifacts — in Europe during and immediately after World War II became a topic of interest only fairly recently. Though at the time, as war swept through all of Europe, it was of tremendous interest to artists, architects, historians and curators […]

The Good Shepherd on Deer Island

Posted in Deer Island, General Interest, by NRadmin

Some time ago, back in perhaps 2004, I was contacted by a few people via the NewRuins contact form, who were working on Robert DiNiro’s production of the movie “The Good Shepherd” which was ultimately to include an all-star cast of Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alex Baldwin, and Robert De Niro among others. This film […]

A Man with a Sledge Hammer and a Wheelbarrow

Posted in Bagley & Sewall, General Interest, by NRadmin

My grandfather Abe was an old-world business man who could look into your soul by the strength of a handshake and base important decisions upon what he found there. Like many of his generation he did not have the benefit of a complete education. As the only male remaining in the family when his father […]

White Birch Diner

Posted in General Interest, by NRadmin

The interstate highway system changed the United States in many ways. As soon as any particular stretch of highway was completed the impact was immediate and irreversible. Small towns, diners, motels, farm stands and gas stations that sat beside the former two-lane roads through the countryside lost their patrons. The owners lost their way of […]