Category Archives: 2010s

Belgium Beer Research

My first beer was a Miller in 1965. I drank it behind Our Aunt of Jesus Catholic Church. Two more followed fast. The contents of the three bottles disagreed with my stomach and I spewed out the beer like a whale breaching the surface of the ocean. On the following Sunday the pastor, who looked […]

General Tso’s Blizzard

Prior to Christmas of 2010 my younger sister insisted on my spending the holiday with her in Boston. She was worried about my head, since our beloved father had passed away in November and my wife and kids were on the other side of the world in Thailand. “I don’t want you to be alone.” […]

FREE THE WORLD

In 2011 gold soared to record prices and a steady flow of customers entered our diamond exchange on West 47th Street to sell their precious jewelry and family heirlooms. They were of all ages, nationalities, and races. Most of them were honest, but buying stolen merchandise or swag was a crime. Richie Boy, his father […]

THE WAY OF SAIL by Peter Nolan Smith

Once the world had traveled by sail. One side of my ancestors had arrived in America on the Mayflower. The trip lasted 66 days. My great-grandaunt Bert had circumnavigated the globe in the 1870s. Her father?s clipper ship had been powered by wind. Steam engines had replaced sail by the beginning of the 20th Century. […]

SOUTH OF THE POTOMAC by Peter Nolan Smith

My St. Patrick’s Day of 2011 ended at Frank’s Lounge on Fulton Street. Everyone at the bar knew my name and well they should, because I was the token white just like that Paul Benedict’s character in nearly all-black TV show THE JEFFERSONS. Audience laughed hard whenever Mr. Jefferson slammed the door in the kindly […]