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A FINE DAY FOR SAILING by Peter Nolan Smith

My grandmother hailed from County Mayo in Ireland. Her last name was Walsh. Nana sailed to Boston at the age of fourteen. Most of the other passengers were cattle. “We sailed in the Year of the Crow,” she told her grandchildren in her lovely Gaelic accent. “When was that?” I asked to pin down her […]

The Long Way Home

Eastern Airlines served the Boston-NYC-Washington circuit throughout the 1960s as the premier shuttle airline between those three cities. A billboard at the entrance to Logan Airport promoted a $11 commute flight to La Guardia. My paper route paid that amount every week and I dreamed about purchasing a ticket to the Big Apple, however when […]

Pete Seeger Bridge

According to Wikipedia the Hudson River was known as Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk by the Iroquois and Muhheakantuck or ‘river that flows both ways’ by the Lenape tribe. The tidal estuary was a great passageway into the interior and provided fish and shellfish in great abundance. Back in the 70s my friend James Spicer cooked shad roe in […]

CROSSING THE CHANNEL by Peter Nolan Smith

I had moved away from Boston in 1971, but every Christmas of my adult life had been spent with my family on the South Shore. This streak of thirty-three years was broken in 1985, when n art dealer invited a female French singer and me to his cottage on the Isle of Wight for the […]

Last Chances For the Island

Governors Island lies offshore of Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Indians called it Paggank’, for the Dutch it was Noten Eylant or Nut Island. According to Wikipedia the island’s current name dated back to British colonial times when the colonial assembly reserved the island for the exclusive use of New York’s royal governors. The island served […]