Category Archives: Back East

Of Mice and Men’s Groups – another installment from “Campfire Tales – True Stories not Everyone Believes

By Bruce A. Smith  A few years ago, my friend Jeff telephoned in a rush to say, “You have to come over right now and watch the Bill Moyers show on TV.” I did. It was a telecast titled: “A … Continue reading

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There is Justice in this World – more Campfire Tales

By Bruce A. Smith Back in the 1980s, I needed to sell one of my company’s pick-up trucks. It was a beat-up ol’ Ford with 154,000 miles on it, and I had put an ad in the paper asking $1,000. … Continue reading

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Barbsie Comes Home for Christmas – a submission to the Moth Story series

By Bruce A. Smith This story is my account of becoming aware of loving someone – in this case my sister – for the first time in my life. In the fall of 1958, when she was five and I … Continue reading

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Understanding New York Lingo

By Bruce A. Smith To better understand the lyrics in Alicia Keyes’ songs and other New York-based musicians, and to know where the action is talking place in about half of the cop shows on TV, ie: Law and Order, … Continue reading

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“North to Chibougamou,” an account of seeking refuge in Canada; from Campfire Tales – True Stories Not Everyone Believes

By Bruce A. Smith If you travel due north from New York City the road eventually ends 750 miles later in a little mining town called Chibougamou. In fact, when I traveled there in 1969 the last 150-mile stretch of … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016 – Things I Remember from Childhood

By Bruce A. Smith Tomorrow, I travel to New York to spend the Christmas holidays with family. One of the ways I prepare to go is to think about the old days – remembering the funny, quirky events of the … Continue reading

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Lessons I’ve learned as a beachcleaner

Editor’s Note:  The following is a chapter from the forthcoming book: Retreat from the Sea, which explores how mankind is currently dealing with sea level rise and examines options for the future. By Bruce A. Smith I was once a … Continue reading

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