Category Archives: Travel

RETURN TO NORMAL by Peter Nolan Smith

Two weeks after the collapse of the Trade Towers the wind shifted from the west and a southern breeze directed the funereal plume of smoke into Lower Manhattan. The poisonous fumes smelled of BBQ. I caught a train north to Boston. My sister put me up in her basement. On the weekend she suggested that […]

Bertha Goes Whaling 1871

My great-grand-aunt Bertha Hamblin Boyce wrote this in her 96th Year. “Maria, it is almost time for my ship to sail. Are you going with me this time?” That was my father, Capt, John C. Hamblin, speaking to my mother. She had been with him on two voyages, and he hoped she was going with […]

The Catoosa Blue Whale

Whales are everywhere. Even on Route 66. Why didn’t Chuck Berry sing about the Catoosa Blue Whale?

Lhasa-Nepal 1995

I spent October 1995 in Tibet. I traveled around Lhasa visiting various monasteries. I prayed at each one for my baby brother’s departed soul. Especially the Jokhang. There was no place holier. The female Chinese soldiers were good fun atop the Potala. They never had guns. The men carried AK47s. The ARs had no ammo. […]

NOTHING BETTER THAN PIZZA by Peter Nolan Smith

Back in 1995 I left the USA after the death of my younger brother. My plan was to visit the holiest places in Asia to expiate Michael’s sins. I was a non-believer, but felt this pilgrimage would help his soul on the other side. By late August I was residing in old Yunnan city of […]