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The Wall At Keogh’s Pub

In Autumn 1995 Ty Spaulding and I traveled to the Far West of Ireland. Our rented house in Ballyconneely had a view of the sea, moors, bogs, and the Seven Pins of the Connemarra. The internet had yet to become an instrument of communication and we wrote letters to friends around the world. Most recently […]

A MOTHER’S LAST WISH by Peter Nolan Smith

After the last holidays of 2006 my mother entered the final stages of her battle with cancer. These last rounds were not a pretty site, but her beauty remained intact to the end. Several days after the New Year my mother held my hand and said, “I’m so happy I made Christmas.” “Me too.” I […]

Happy Padraic Day 2010

My most difficult decision this morning was whether to wear a black leather jacket or a green plaid suit coat. I’ll be drinking at an East Village bar at 2 pm. My choice was green plaid. Up the rebels as my sainted mother said pouring the food coloring dye into the milk. Leprechauns. My first […]