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BETTER LUCKY THAN GOOD by Peter Nolan Smith

A greasy nor-easter ruined Columbus Day weekend for New York. I shut my windows for the first time in months and dressed to leave my apartment for breakfast at the Veselka Diner on 2nd Avenue. The shoes and jacket seemed unnaturally heavy after a season of shorts and sandals. Luckily Global Warming guaranteed that New […]

Le Liberte des Temps Passe

In the summer of 1985 our gang opened a nightclub in the old port of Nice, France. Jacques, Albert, Serge, and I rode along the Corniche in Albert’s Chrysler Imperial. We swam at the rocky beach beneath the Promenade des Anglais and dined on bouillabaisse at the Nautique. The gangsters of Nice wanted to sell […]

Bastille Day 1789

2 July 1789 The Bastille – Paris The Marquis De Sade was in the stone fortress on charges of perversion. In the afternoon a prisoner cried from his window. “Ils tuent les prisonniers.” The guards subdued the inmate, but his words sparked a smoldering rumor and the rumor spread through the poor neighborhood awaiting a […]

Les Frogs

Most Americans have an unfavorable attitude toward the French. This antipathy is based on the abuse many US tourists have suffered from dismissive Paris waiters during their weeklong summer vacation. Few of my countrymen realize that these garcons are rude to their own countrymen as well as any estrangers. That is not to say that […]

D-DAY 2014

Seventy years ago 24,000 airborne troops from Canada, Britain, and the USA parachuted over the Normandy Peninsula to seize strategic positions from the undermanned German occupation army. That morning over 150,000 soldiers embarked from the greatest invasion naval force ever assembled in history. The attack caught the Nazis off-guard and by the evening the Allies […]