Category Archives: youth

WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN

Summer ended in 1966 on a Cape beach with me dancing with a girl on the last day of our vacations. WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN played on a radio. Her father beeped the horn. She kissed me and ran to the car. The back of station wagon was packed high. I never saw […]

ON THE SOUTH SHORE by Peter Nolan Smith KINDLE VERSION

I was lucky enough to live through the 1960s as a teenager on the South Shore of Boston. Home was still home to us. My friends and I led charmed lives at the Quincy Quarries, Surf Nantasket, and Wollaston Beach ON THE SOUTH SHORE recounts those lives. The time was short, but retelling these tales […]

THE HOLE OF HEAVEN by Peter Nolan Smith

According to the Old Testament God banished Adam and Eve from Eden for eating apples and their Original Sin condemned future generations to this mortal coil, however humans have defied this divine decree with repeated attempts to recreate Heaven on Earth. Most of these utopias have been short-lived, because nothing irked true believers more than […]

Da Friggin’ Quincy Quarries

Jumping off Shipwreck in 1989 1994 death-defying leap into Swingles Quarry followed by low-riding from Rooftop. How high from the Rail to the water? 120 feet? We’ll never know. The Quincy Quarries were buried by the debris from the Big Dig. All to save five minutes on the ride through Boston.

Berth on Nantucket

Frank Sinatra brought his 21 year-old bride Mia Farrow to Nantucket on a rented yacht. My family was holidaying on that mythic isle at the same time. Mia had just finished filming ROSEMARY’S BABY. Mia Farrow was five years older than me. Not like Frank Sinatra, but my love was reserved for Janet Stetson, who […]