Category Archives: youth

The Vanishing of Belief

My aunt Gloria loved to tell the story about my baptism. The christening was on a hot June day in 1952. Her husband was my godfather. He wore Marine officer whites and a smile. Uncle Jack was glad to be back from Korea. The priest recited the rites and my aunt said as soon as […]

Moonshine, Masturbation, and Eclipses By Peter Nolan Smith

Children are cruel by nature. Young boys and girls instinctively bully the weak and ridicule the infirm. There was nothing funnier than a cheap trick at the cost of a poor unfortunate in keeping with the ageless adage, “Comedy is when a beggar falls down the stairs. Tragedy is when a duchess does.” In the […]

Spiderman #1 Marvel Comics 1964

Spiderman #1 is a valuable comic. Even more valuable is the Marvel Tales introduction to the superhero. This comic book is worth several hundred thousand dollars in mint condition and I had bought Amazing Fantasy #15 in August 1962 at the little soda shop near my Nana’s house in Wollaston, Massachusetts and year later purchased […]

AX IN HAND by Peter Nolan Smith

My mother had spent her honeymoon on Bermuda. Every winter my parents had vacationed in the Caribbean and each July my father rented a Harwichport cottage for a week. My mother loved the ocean. On summer weekends they loaded his six children into the Ford Station wagon for a drive to the beach. Massachusetts had […]

AMONG THE REDWOODS by Peter Nolan Smith

The June sun burned off the mist haunting Monterey harbor. A lone fishing boat motored to sea. Sailing boats bobbed in its wake and pleasure craft wavered in their slips, however the only sign of life that morning along Ocean View Avenue were two cats fighting over a mangled fish carcass. Overfishing in the 1940s […]