Category Archives: Life

Collect Call to the After-Life

This summer my brother visited me in a dream. My deceased mother and I were sitting in a ramshackle cottage on Cape Cod. My brother said he was going to meet friends. He looked happy, as he ran out the door. It was a little too short, but I was happy to see him and […]

Penal Retirement In Norway

America offers no refuge for the aged. State governments have turned their back on the old and the Federal agencies neglect the needy. For years my retirement plan had been to fly to Norway and rob a bank. The Norwegian courts would sentence me to a long prison term. Conditions in Norway’s prisons offered pleasant […]

ZOMBIES IN MY DREAMS by Peter Nolan Smith

Pattaya iswasnot Venice and certainly no one on the Coasta del Crime pretended to be a reincarnated Thomas Mann writing a Thai version of TO DIE IN VENICE. At least no one I knew, however plenty of farangs and Thais died in the Last Babylon. Many of natural causes. Some by misadventure. Dying is what makes us the […]

Joyous Valentine for UK Teenagers.

I can’t believe Hollywood came out with another FRIDAY THE 13TH. I’m sure the teenage heroine doesn’t call the police at the first sign of trouble or use a condom like this 13 year-old boy. Thankfully someone is heeding the tenets of the Holy Roman Church. The baby’s name is Maise. At least they didn’t […]

AX IN HAND by Peter Nolan Smith

My mother had spent her honeymoon on Bermuda. Every winter my parents had vacationed in the Caribbean and each July my father rented a Harwichport cottage for a week. My mother loved the ocean. On summer weekends they loaded his six children into the Ford Station wagon for a drive to the beach. Massachusetts had […]