Category Archives: Nature

Ice Age Fini

The last Ice Age ended somewhere around 11,700 years ago. Since then glacier around the globe have shrunk from the North and South Poles. Presently I reside in Juneau, Alaska. The Mendenhall glacier is fourteen miles from my house. I have yet to hike the Western Trail to the ice caves. The couple running the […]

THE EYE OF THE STORM by Peter Nolan Smith

In early September of 1960 Hurricane Donna struck New England as a category 2/3 storm. The radio station WBZ announced numerous school closing led by Beaver County Day School and closely followed by my primary school on the South Shore, Our Lady of the Foothills. My older brother and I were happy to stay home. […]

Death Valley Hot

A heat wave smothers the continental USA and the national weathermen are predicting that the temperature in Death Valley might hit 130 tomorrow. The manager of the Wrangler Restaurant in Furnace Creek on Tuesday closed the establishment after the ACs went on the blink, saying, “We can’t put customers through this — it’s just too […]

THE HOLE OF HEAVEN by Peter Nolan Smith

According to the Old Testament God banished Adam and Eve from Eden for eating the forbidden apple and this Original Sin exiled their descendants to this mortal coil, however humans have repeatedly defied this divine decree with attempts to recreate Heaven on Earth and in 1965 the teenagers of Boston’s South Shore made out at […]

Rhododendrons Of Nepal

In the spring of 1968 I won a rhododendron from my sisters’ high school south of Boston. I didn’t think much of the prize. My father planted the bush by the garage. A month later light purple flowers burst from the branches. The neighborhood girls admired the rhododendron’s scintillating beauty and I proudly declared to […]