Category Archives: Back East

TJ, Bill, and 50th Reunions – more tales from the “Stories from my Life”

By Bruce A. Smith I received an invitation to my high school’s 50th Reunion this month—the same time our most famous alumnus got fired in disgrace from his job at Fox News. Yup, Bill O’Reilly and I are former classmates, … Continue reading

Posted in Back East, Stories from my Life | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Back East, Campfire Tales | 8 Comments

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

Posted in Back East, Campfire Tales, Family, Folk tales and stories | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Back East, Family, Health, Moth Stories | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Back East, Culture, Entertainment | 9 Comments

“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

Posted in Back East, Campfire Tales, Culture, Resistance and Justice | 6 Comments

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

Posted in Back East, Culture, People Profiles | 6 Comments