Category Archives: Space

The Stars Beyond Our Touch

The stars have obsessed Man throughout our existence on the planet. We have stared at the distant pinpoints of light and asked if anyone was out there. Our ancient ancestors thought the cosmos was the home of the gods, Christians prayed upward to heaven, and modern scientists have mapped the universe with telescopes. Our early […]

Next Year Andromeda

Andromeda is the spiral galaxy 225 million light years away from our star system. Four billion years from now the two galaxies are predicted to crash together. None of that will be there to witness that event. When I was a kid in the 1950s, Marvel Comics came out with a story NEXT YEAR ANDROMEDA. […]

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Sic transit gloria mundi translates from the dead language of Latin phrase into “Thus passes the glory of the world” in English, even though no one in America speaks that language. There is very little glory left in this world, which is why we look to the stars. Next year Andromeda.

Aurora Borealis Maine July 4, 1971

On the 4th of July in 1971 my friends John Gilmore, Mark McLaughlin, and Tommie Jordan and I left from the South Shore of Boston for holiday in Maine. We stopped at my grandmother’s cabin on Watchic Pond for a swim and Italian sandwiches. After watching fireworks over the Presumpscot River we headed north for […]

MISSILE AWAY by Peter Nolan Smith

During his youth my older brother was a pyromaniac. Frunk nearly burned down each of our houses and those of our neighbors on several occasions. Each time my mother punished us both with a wooden spoon and my father sternly admonished our incendiary behavior, yet my older brother was undeterred by cracks across the knuckles […]