Category Archives: Education

The Love of Gladiators

My older brother’s school was a trolley ride away from our suburban house. Boston College High School excelled at sports and academics. I wanted to join my brother in the following class of 1970, except I won a full scholarship to Xaverian Brothers located only ten miles away from our exit on Route 128. The […]

THE FLIGHT OF HISTORY by Peter Nolan Smith

At Xaverian High School outside of Boston Brother Phelan taught history without any deviation from the path of the textbook. I was Brother Phelan’s # 1 student, since I had read the textbook from beginning to end during the first week of the semester. During class I stared out the window, thinking about my cheerleader […]

Brooklyn Tony ON MATH

Brooklyn Tony returns from school and says he got an F in arithmetic. “Why?” asks the father. The teacher asked ‘ How much is 2 x 3,’ I said “6,’” replies TONY. “But that’s right!” says his dad. “Yeah, but then she asked me ‘ How much is 3 x 2?’” “What’s the fucking difference […]

Pursuit of Higher Education UK

My sister-in-law regards me as a ne’er-do-well. She’s not far off the mark, I’ve led a prodigal’s life, while she’s worked for the CIA under George Bush and led a an exemplary suburban life as a working mother and wife. My brother and she have raised two good kids. Smarter than me and this Spring […]

The Meaning Of Life In 13 Words

The meaning of life. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the fuck happened. I know what happened. 63 years under gravity. 45 years of sex. 50 years of drinking. 43 years of drugs. 51 years of work. Time has taken its toll and I feel like Merlin who has lost all […]