Monthly Archives: January 2020

The Long Reign Of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II has ruled Great Britain since 1952. 68 Years. A long long time. Her Highness is now 94 years old. There have been highs and lows. We all know those moments of victory and tragedy. I’ll be gracious enough to not mention them.

Cumberland County Kingdom

From the Kezar Pond to Saco Bay. Old Orchard Beach to Bailey’s Island. The land of my youth The summer camp on Watchic Pond Built by my grandfather. An orphan became a frontline surgeon in WWI France. A retreat from the horrors to Maine With a nurse, my grandmother. A noble woman from a 9th […]

Seagulls In The Air

When I was six, my best friend Chaney and I walked to the end of the McKinley Road on Falmouth Foresides. Portland lay across the harbor. The color of the water was a Maine blue. Seagulls skated through the cloudless sky. Chaney pulled out darts from his father’s den. He gave me one. I threw […]

The Bark MAGGIE MOORE

I found this photo of the bark MAGGIE MOORE dating back to approximately 1877. My great-grandfather Charles S. Smith was the captain and owner. I recall the photo from my grandmother Edith’s house in Westbrook, Maine, but not the written page attached to the back of the frame, which had been penned by my grandfather […]

BETTING THE OTHER WAY / Bet On Crazy by Peter Nolan Smith

Betting on the Superbowl has been an American tradition since the first game in 1967. Betting was another part of that tradition and for two weeks before the Big Game the diamond dealers and jewelers had been wagering bets on pools, the point spread, the over-under, which teams scores first, and the MVP. Some claimed […]