Category Archives: history

Sanmhar Samhain

Halloween has nothing to do with Christianity. The Harvest Holiday originated way into BC. The Romans dedicated the feast to Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, and the Celts celebrated the summer’s end with huge bonfires to evoke the blessing of the spirit world for the dark half of the year. Walking between the […]

October 13, 1492

FROM THE DIARY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS SATURDAY OCTOBER 13, 1492 As soon as it dawned, many of these people came to the beach—all young, as I have said, and all of good stature—very handsome people, with their hair not curly but straight and coarse, like horsehair; and all of them very wide in-the forehead and […]

SPICE MAD DAY by Peter Nolan Smith

Last year I celebrated Columbus Day with my doctor on Staten Island. Nick was Italian and cooked great meatballs. The doctor and I had met during our freshman class of European History 101. We had received Bs from the professor. His kids had the day off and we enjoying the meal. “Hey, Nico, I have […]

Happy Columbus Day

Five hundred and twenty-one years ago Rodrigo de Triana from the Pinta’s lookout spotted land at 2am. “Tierra, tierra.” This shout woke his shipmates and the captain of this small caravel fired a cannon to announced the epic discovery of land. Later that day the three ships of Christopher Columbus or Cristoforo Colombo arrived at […]

Smash Everything

I grew up in New England. People had lived underneath Big Blue Hill or Massachusett for hundreds of years. Behind my house on the South Shore was a small woods. Old mounds rose from the dirt. Tipping pits filled with trash from the 1800s and further back into time. Some Indian. Some colonial. History. We […]