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MISSILE AWAY by Peter Nolan Smith

During his youth my older brother was a pyromaniac. Frunk nearly burned down each of our houses and those of our neighbors on several occasions. Each time my mother punished us both with a wooden spoon and my father sternly admonished our incendiary behavior, yet my older brother was undeterred by cracks across the knuckles […]

LOSING GOD by Peter Nolan Smith

A week before Christmas of 1967 I received my midterm report card from Our Lord’s Health High School. Having a stutter and stammer I had been expecting worst, however Bruder Karl had graciously passed me with a D+ in German. I was surprised to see that Brother Valentine had failed me in religion as well […]

THE RAT TRICK by Peter Nolan Smith

Hockey was bred into the blood of many New England boys. Frozen ponds and backyard rinks were our winter playground. My dreams of playing for the Boston Bruins ended with my father giving my older brother and me a lesson in how to skate backwards. We were standing the wind-swept surface of Watchic Pond. My […]


The semi-finals of the 1969 Eastern Schoolboy hockey tournament at old Boston Arena featured a tough match between BC High and Somerville. My older brother attended BC High and I went to Xaverian. Boys from BC High hated my school. We were arch-rivals, but they accepted my support along with that of my classmate Chuckie […]

HIGH SCHOOL 1959 vs. 2009

Scenario 1: Joe goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s gun rack. 1959 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Joe’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Joe. 2009 – School goes into lock down, F BI called, […]