Category Archives: Nature

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 […]

Nantasket Beach Forever

In 1981 I was working after-hour clubs for Arthur Weinstein. I needed a break from the hustle and fled north to the South Shore of Boston. No one called me. I slept and read. My mother greeted me at the breakfast table and apologized for the boredom of the suburbs and I recalled a line […]

Summer 69 St Tropez Paradise

Eric Bedos posted this painting. 1969 St. Tropez Summer, but it’s actually Nantasket Beach, our St. Tropez on the Hull Peninsula south of Boston. Barry and the Remains played at the Surf. Paragon Park’s roller coaster was constructed out of wood. The structure creaked ominously with the passage of each car. Fun, terror, love. Sadly […]

Moby WTF

Several Palm Sundays ago I woke with an urge to see the ocean. It was a sunny day. The Hamptons were too far away for a day trip, however Rockaway Beach was close. When I told my roommate about the excursion, Vladmar laughed at me, “Rockaway Beach not ocean. It is song from Ramones.” “It’s […]