Category Archives: Health


Back in 1995 I left the USA after the death of my younger brother. My plan was to visit the holiest places in Asia to expiate Michael’s sins. I was a non-believer, but felt this pilgrimage would help his soul on the other side. By late August I was residing in old Yunnan city of […]

I Love My Sleep

As much as I hate Daylight Savings Time, I was happy to sleep another hour this morning. After waking with the dawn I pulled the covers over my head for shelter from the light and arranged the pillows for renewed comfortability. The next forty-five minutes belonged to a blissful slumber. Sleep is the drug. ZZZZZZZZZZZZ. […]

BLACK DOG DEAD by Peter Nolan Smith

Wall Street collapsed in the fall of 2008 The whys were discussed by countless TV analysts without a single mention of greed and the government equally appeared out of touch with the economic disaster. The catastrophe had no effect on me. I had spent the summer in Palm Beach looking after of a rich friend’s […]

Free As The Breeze

The Soviet Premier Khrushchev famously declared in 1956 that the USSR would bury American Imperialism. Actually he said, “Whether you like it or not, history is on our side.”, but the Western press liked ‘we will bury you’ better. After his election in 1960 President Kennedy was upset by the USSR thinking America was soft […]

Near Death’s Door

Two weeks ago I attended the closing night of the Mekong Restaurant. I drank gin-tonics non-stop. I stayed out late. My friends I partyed like a rock star. Two days later I fell ill with a wicked flu. I was wracked by coughing. My body convulsed with tremors. Sweat pored from my skin. My diet […]