Category Archives: family

12/7/1960

Seventy-three years ago Japanese aircraft attacked the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. Nearly every capital ship was damaged by bombs or torpedoes and the Pacific Ocean became a Japanese lake until Midway. The next day President Roosevelt declared before Congress, “December 7th shall live forever as a day of infamy.” This morning I asked […]

A BARK BETTER THAN A BITE by Peter Nolan Smith

Every diamond shop on West 47th Street was open seven days a week from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Sales people, guards, elevator operators, schleppers, cutters, setters, polishers, and even Lennie the Bum slaved throughout the holiday rush in hopes of scoring enough cash to buy presents. Stores extended their normal hours to entice late-night shoppers. […]

Stranger Stranger

Family. Sigh. Maybe I remember the better moments of life. I don’t think so. Then again I am far from a perfect person. As anyone can judge from this missive from my cousin. “I think of you all every day, unfavorably and with sorrow. It is, I suppose, kind of you to contact me but, […]

My Loved Nana

My Nana came off the boat from Ireland at the age of 14. She broke her heel coming down the gangway. Somehow everything turned out all right for a while. Nana loved us more than the moon and the stars. All of the thirteen cousins. We were her family

Kicking Off The New Year

After New Year’s Day of 2008 my ‘wife’ packed the car with Angie, Champoo, and her fat sister for the return drive to Chai-nat. Her week stay for Xmas had been torture. My every word was ignored with visible disdain. She told my daughter that I was a worthless drunk. My restraint had been tested […]