Category Archives: New England

COLD AS IT GETS by Peter Nolan Smith

Mount Washington was far from the tallest mountain on the face of the Earth, however the summit observatory had recorded the strongest wind ever measured on the planet at 231 mph or 372 km/hr. Winter temperatures on Agiocochook, or “Home of the Great Spirit” regularly dropped as low as -50F. Death from hypothermia can occur [...]

THE UMPTEENTH COMING by Peter Nolan Smith

“This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius” These words were sung by the cast of HAIR in 1969, a year marked by Altamont and the inauguration of Richard M Nixon. Aquarius swiftly became an unattainable dream state for the hippies, unless you were high of LSD and millions of us dropped acid to [...]

Hail To Da Chief

Hail storms are rare in the Northeast, but this afternoon my comrade Eric Bad Boy experienced hail driving from Albany to the Berkshires. “I thought we going to get hit by a tornado. What’s it like in New York?” “Sunny and humid.” I was fighting traffic across the Manhattan Bridge. There wasn’t a cloud in [...]

Tonight’s Light Show

In the Spring of 1963 my father called us out of our split-level ranch house in the Blue Hills south of Boston. He excitedly pointed to the sky. My brothers, sisters, mother, and I scanned the night for UFOs and I was the first to spot the reason for us standing on the lawn in [...]

Whales for Sale USA

Back in 2007 two humpback whales became befuddled by the backwash of mobile phones in San Francisco Bay and swam seventy miles up the Sacramento River. Oceanologists failed to seduce the errant sea mammals to the open sea with love sirens from other whales and Japanese researchers offered to lend California marine biologists a sonar [...]