Category Archives: Education

PASSING GRADE by Peter Nolan Smith

My older brother worked too much. Frunk had a big house on Milton Hill and I was in Boston to visit my father. Frunk was at his office, as were most lawyers in Boston on a weekday. “Meet me a Durgin Park.” I loved their chowder. “Can’t.” He sounded stressed. “What about Jacob Wirth.” Their […]

Love is Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

Love is Never Having to Say You’re Sorry is a famous line from the 1970 film LOVE STORY. Farangs are amazed by the infrequency of times that Thais saying they’re sorry. The word does exist as Khor-Todt, whose etymology stems from two Thai words; Khor or throat and Todt or fart. Throat-fart. Sorry, but maybe […]

The Ugliness of Free Enterprise

Senator Elizabeth Warren has been lauded for suggesting that the interest on student loans be lowered to subsidized America’s Future, however no one is proposing free education since this country prefers free enterprise. The entire yearly debt of college owns comes to $50 billion dollars. The same cost of running the wars in Afghanistan. So […]

Guns For Everyone

Obsessed with twelve year-old Jodie Foster portrayal of the child prostitute John Hinkley saw TAXI DRIVER fifteen times in a row. He stalked the actress to Yale and wrote her many letters including this one from 1981. “Over the past seven months I’ve left you dozens of poems, letters and love messages in the faint […]

Permanent Record

My permanent record began with my name written in the birth certificate from Boston’s Lying-In Hospital. Vaccination dates were added in my childhood without my knowledge, however the nuns of Our Lady of the Foothills were fast to warn their students that any wrongdoings in the classroom were indelibly noted in our ‘permanent records’. I […]