Category Archives: family

Bertha Goes Whaling 1871

My great-grand-aunt Bertha Hamblin Boyce wrote this in her 96th Year. “Maria, it is almost time for my ship to sail. Are you going with me this time?” That was my father, Capt, John C. Hamblin, speaking to my mother. She had been with him on two voyages, and he hoped she was going with […]

Guns and Elephants

Back in the early 00s my godson Fast Eddie Silver came out to Thailand with his mother. I was looking forward to seeing the 12 year-old. His late father was one of my best friends. I took them to Koh Samet and Bangkok, but my best photo of Eddie was taken at the Elephant Camp […]

JETS OVERHEAD by Peter Nolan Smith

Falmouth Foresides was a quiet neighborhood in the 50s. Ships blew their horns leaving Portland Harbor and channel buoys tolled out their passing wake. At night I listened to the Celtics game on a small transistor radio from Japan. I set the volume to almost silence. My older brother was a light sleeper. My mother […]

The Temptations – Papa Was A Rolling Stone

A MAN OF SPEED by Peter Nolan Smith

Father’s Day has complemented Mother’s Day since 1910, although the holiday was unofficial for decades and most Americans treated Father’s Day as a joke, until LBJ proclaimed the Third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Richard Nixon made it permanent six years later. “The only thing I get for Father’s Day are bills,” my father […]