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.

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 […]

BET ON CRAZY / Betting Super Bowl XXIV

Richie Boy and I bet the Super Bowl according to the Manny Principle, which was that Manny never beat the spread for the NFL’s final game and in 1990 the championship game posed the 49ers against the Broncos in New Orleans. All week Googs, Domingo, Richie Boy, and I had been badgering Manny for his […]