Category Archives: family

Peace on Mother’s Day

According to Wikipedia the First Mother’s Day was established as a “Mother’s Day for Peace” by Anna Jarvis from Virginia in honor of her mother, Ann, who had been a pacifist during the Civil War. According to the Anna Jarvis Museum in Webster the daughter received her inspiration after a Sunday service when her mother […]

NORTH END MIRACLE by Peter Nolan Smith

Throughout my childhood my mother cooked dinner for six kids and every Friday evening she drove our station wagon into Boston. We picked up my father at 50 Milk Street, where he worked for Ma Bell as an electrical engineer. He took the wheel and headed to a restaurant. My father loved my mother and […]

GAY BOY by Peter Nolan Smith

My first eight years were spent on Falmouth Foresides across the harbor from Portland. Summer was for swimming in Watchic Pond and rowing dories from the dock at the end of the street. I never wanted to leave, but in 1960 my father was promoted to a Ma Bell job in Boston. Better pay. Chances […]

IRISH TWINS by Peter Nolan Smith

Tar In The Blood

My father’s side of the family arrived on the the Mayflower. They were Howlands. My Irish Nana sailed on a ship a deck above steerage in the Year of the Crow. She was 14. In 1966 my parents enrolled my name in the ranks of The Sons of Colonial Wars and Mayflower Descendants. As an […]