Category Archives: family

GAY AT HEART by Peter Nolan Smith

My family left Maine on a sunny June morning in 1960. At the end of the street the deep blue of Portland Harbor shivered with the first kiss of summer. Lawn mowers buzzed across the green lawns of Falmouth Foresides and black-yellow bees zigzagged between my mother’s flowers. They wouldn’t be hers tomorrow. “We’re done,” […]


From my younger sister about my brother Michael Charles Smith. “I was driving home tonight listening to vintage Hall & Oates and thinking of Michael. Their song “Maneater” came on. I remember it was a hit around 1984. I came home to Milton from DC a few days before Christmas. Mom and I were chatting […]

MIss You Long Time – Michael Charles Smith

In the summer of 1995 my baby brother succumbed to the ravages of AIDS. I miss him every day along with the rest of my friends and family who died from that killer. I will remember them forever. My brother’s name was Michael Charles Smith. He’s the smaller blonde boy in the photo. And still […]

NORTH END MIRACLE by Peter Nolan Smith

Every Friday evening throughout the 1960s my mother would drive our station wagon into Boston and pick up my father at 50 Milk Street, where he worked for Ma Bell as an electrical engineer. We would have dinner at a restaurant and then drive back to our suburb on the South Shore. My parents loved […]

Father’s Day Gift

My father came around the world to see me and Angie in Thailand. Most of the time he had no idea where he was. It was the start of his decline. Frank A Smith II passed in 2010, but my father will always be in the here-now with the love I carry for him into […]