Category Archives: holiday

The Longest Night

The Longest NightThe Longest Night Stonehenge has endured time. This morning the sun rose in the east. Light passed through the massive portals to cast a path marking the winter solstice. Beer and mead were ready for drinking after the season of fermentation. Both were served as food through the winter. I have always called […]

Pagan Winter Solstice

This coming Saturday will be the winter solstice. The shortest day of the year. On December 21st I will wake at dawn and climb onto the roof of the Fort Green Observatory to bathe in the distant sun’s light. The frost on my skin will the only human sacrifice within sight. After 30 seconds I […]

Ho Ho Ho Hannukah

This evening my boss’ grandson came to visit her jewelry store with her husband. The holiday season had been brutal. We had yet to make a sale. While her husband parked their Ladnrover, Jeri taught the six-year-old how to open a safe and once the handsome lad opened the steel cube she asked, “Did you […]

Friday The 12th

From my irreverent brother, Patrick Anthony Smith.

Bad Mouthing the Eagle

Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey for the national bird. The turkey of his era was nothing like the domesticated bird slaughtered for Thanksgiving. The wild turkey was a cunning wood creature living in large communes of fellow avians. Huge flocks of brightly plumed turkeys would cloud the skies. Benjamin Franklin was vehemently against the choice […]