Category Archives: youth

The Year Of The Crow

My grandmother traveled by ship from Ireland to Boston at the age of 14. Once on a visit up to Maine someone asked what was the year of her arrival and Nana responded, “The Year of the Crow.” None of us knew what she meant by that. My mother hazarded a guess. “It refers to […]

ANCIENT PORNO by Peter Nolan Smith

The term pornography was derived from the Greeks linking two words; prostitute and I read. The portrayal of sexual acts can be traced to pre-Ice Age. Scientist have claimed that a naked figurine carved from a mammoth ivory was man’s first attempt at figurative representation. Opponents to this thought counter that lurid images were not […]

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 and millions of hippies dropped acid to touch the sky of Aquarius. I wanted to be one of them and the Fourth of July 1970 my friends John Gilmour, Tommy Jordan, Mark McLaughin and I […]

BAD CROSSING by Peter Nolan Smith

My college tuition in 1973 was $2000 for the year. I hacked a cab for Boston Taxi to support myself. Our garage was next to the old Boston Arena. If a driver booked more than $100 a night, the payout jumped from 45/55 to 50/50. My classmate Hank Watson and I were the top earners […]

APOCALYPSE NOW AND THEN by Peter Nolan Smith

I tried to enlist in the Marines soon after my 16th birthday. My mother wouldn’t sign the papers. The 1968 Tet offensive had dented her belief in the final outcome of the Vietnam Conflict. The dead were airlifted home in coffins. The wounded filled the VA hospitals. Discharged soldiers were portrayed as drug addicted monsters. […]