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Cowgirl In The Sand

Halloween has nothing to do with Christianity. The Church hates the Harvest Holiday whose origins are lost in the mists of time. The Romans dedicated a feast day to Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, and the Celts celebrated the summer’s end with huge bonfires to evoke the blessing from the spirit world for […]

Hoegaarten Beer End of Summer

Beer is better than good in Belgium. Back in the 80s I drank in a bar behind the Gallerie des Reines. A small bar. No one of consequences frequented the back street bar. Seats for 10. Draft beer. Le Mort Subite and Hoegaarten. One great for winter. The other superb for summer. The tradition survived […]

THE GIFT OF UNGIVING by Peter Nolan Smith

Most of my landlord’s friends are married couples with kids. His wife and AP regularly invited them over to the Fort Greene Observatory for weekend lunches and evening drinks. I keep my distance from his guests, since my marital status is an enigma and after a few glasses I tend to recite a litany of […]

Battle Of Long Island 1776

Back in late August 1972 my college friend Ptrov Sinski and I hitchhiked west from Seattle to Boston. A rancher left us off at exit 149, serving George, Washington, a small farming community surrounded by endless fields of ripening wheat. The two of us ignored the sign forbidding hitchhiking, but within ten minutes a Highway […]

General Fowler’s Statue

Last weekend an exhibition portraying the possible renovation of General Fowler’s Triangle was presented to the residents of Fort Greene. The proposed alterations included new trees, larger public space, and changing the location of the General’s statue. “I don’t know about that. I like the General just the way he is,” I told one of […]