• Tommy

    Having a Silver Ball

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 27th, 2015

    To get up for the gig, The Who, we dropped acid. From the front row Ronnie and I were blown away by Tommy.

  • On the Porch

    Meeting the In Laws

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 18th, 2015

    Mom married under one condition. That after their internships and residencies the young doctors would return to Boston and her family. Josephine and James Flynn were shocked that their daughter married an Italian even though he was a surgeon. Dad eased into it with pipes on the porch.

  • Baylor Bullies

    Sicilian Deep in the Heart of Texas

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 16th, 2015

    The oldest of seven children from an immigrant family in Brooklyn Dad was the first to attend college. With a pharmacy degree he worked three jobs to help support the family. He left home to focus on the goal of becoming a surgeon.

  • Three Irish Lads

    Two Nugents and a Flynn Set World Record

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 14th, 2015

    My grandfather and two Nugent in laws set a world record in 1898.

  • O' Maley Birthday Party

    Renting the Hockey Rink with Pizza

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - Jul 14th, 2015

    On the way to Ipswich for a birthday party. Renting the hockey rink with pizza to celebrate.

  • Adams

    The Terrorist Next Door

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 14th, 2015

    On Monday nights a group of artists meet for dinner and gossip at Sushi House. Great food and margaritas served by Joy with just that. In the busy summer season there's a lot to talk about. Eric Rudd had hosted his annual Beach Party on Eagle Street. Fun stuff, news of exhibitions, projects and book launches. Then it got real dark.

  • On the Eve

    Winter Pone People

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - Jul 11th, 2015

    Ice skating on the eve of turning 76 has its treacheries. But also the joy of teaching to the toddlers potential future Bruins.

  • James Flynn

    Ran Boston Taverns and Inns

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 10th, 2015

    The only difference between the Boston Irish Flynn and Kennedy clans is that the Kennedys made more money selling bootleg booze. Three of four Flynn children graduated from college. Two went on to careers in medicine and one in law. Uncle Arthur sat on the Federal bench. The Kennedys , of course, knew some success in politics.

  • Old Mr. Boston

    How Yankees Celebrate Independence Day

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 09th, 2015

    During a party on the rocks in posh Northeast Harbor, Maine I discovered how old money stays that way.

  • 1913

    On the Cusp of WWI Tragedy Struck for the Nugent Family

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 09th, 2015

    In 1913 the European avant-garde was shown in the Armory Show in New York. In Paterson New Jersey the IWW led a strike. The world braced for war. In one terrible year Mary Nugent of Rockport lost two sons and a daughter.

  • Beaver Dam Farm

    Nugent Homestead 1875 to 1927

    Beaver Dam
    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 08th, 2015

    In 1658 on 32 acres of land James Babson built a stone building now the oldest in Rockport. It is all that survives of the once extensive Beaver Dam Farm which my ancestors, the Nugents, leased from 1875 to 1927. Patrick died at 50 in 1900 and Mary raised their family of 13 and managed the farm until her death in 1927. Their son George moved up the street and became the owner of the largest expanse of land on Cape Ann including initially all of Good Harbor Beach.

  • Visit to Brooklyn

    Pain in the Ass

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 22nd, 2015

    In fear and desperation James Flynn one and only time traveled by train from Boston to Brooklyn. There to seek care from my father. It was emblematic of love and trust.

  • Gaff Rigged Catboat

    Day Sailing

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - Jul 23rd, 2015

    Setting a gaff rigged catboat has its challenges. It's an old fashioned rig for sailing.

  • Arnie Reisman Martha‚Äôs Vineyard Poet Laureate

    Clara Bow Died for Our Sins

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 27th, 2015

    As I inscribed in my book for him Arnie Reisman was my first and best editor starting with the Brandeis Justice and then Boston After Dark. I have enjoyed reading his first book of verse Clara Bow Died for Our Sins.

  • Remington

    The Write Stuff

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 27th, 2015

    A fine arts major I expected to spend my life as an artist. That has proved to be more or less true with as many facets and tangents as a cubist composition. A rejected gift of an old Remington upright typewriter changed everything.

  • Freddy's Music Unlimited

    Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 26th, 2015

    Brilliant and eccentric he was an actor in the WPA. After a breakdown moved to Boston and the care of my father. Opened a record shop where I worked for him on Saturdays now and then.

  • Uncle Freddy

    Dove of Peace

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 26th, 2015

    Like many urban poor during the Great Depression my colorful Uncle Freddy was a card carrying member of the Communist Party of America. He was better red than dead.

  • Aboard the Yacht Rachel

    Tennis and Yoga!

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - Jul 26th, 2015

    More tales of the Ancien Regime recalling Marat's lists composed in the bathtub. But in Annisquam not Paris where they eat cake and sail by moonlight.

  • The G

    Witness for the Prosecution

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 26th, 2015

    Poet, archivist, photographer, raconteur Gerard Malanga lives with books and cats in Hudson, New York. Time was in leather he performed a whip dance with the Velvet Underground.

  • Storm

    Summer's Sturm und Drang

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - Jul 25th, 2015

    Nature unleashed causing havoc for the author absorbed in the task of writing.

  • Every Other Sunday

    Growing Up in the Dark

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 25th, 2015

    Before cinema or film noir on every other Sunday, the maid's day off, we went to the movies. On many levels I grew up in the dark.

  • Family Business

    Sons in the Great War

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 24th, 2015

    Starting with a tavern in Gloucester around 1910 then in Boston my grandfather James Flynn ran hotels, bars, speakeasies and nightclubs. Booze and entertainment was the family business. During the war that's just what my Uncle Arthur, later a judge did. In the air-force, as an officer, Uncle Brother landed planes from a tower in England. The good life was, and still is, the Flynn family business.

  • James Flynn Flynn Letter to My Dad

    Posted October 26, 1940 On the Occasion of My Birth

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 23rd, 2015

    My grandfather James Flynn was noted as a man of few words. This is a verbatim transcription of a rare note that he wrote to my father on the occasion of my birth. On many levels it is a remarkable document.

  • Patrick Nugent

    Scoundrel and Patriach of an American Clan

    Patrick Nugent
    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 08th, 2015

    Dead at 50 Patrick Nugent of Rockport left his wife Mary with 13 children. As well as one more on the side with her sister.

  • Ancestors

    The Nugents of Rockport

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 07th, 2015

    Ancestors is the first of a suite of poems The Nugents of Rockport. Born within a year of each other, 1850 and 1851, Patrick and Mary wed in 1875 and soon settled in Rockport. Soon after marriage Charles, the first of 13, was born. Initially, they leased land then in the 1920s, George, the heir to Beaver Dam Farm brought property down the road. He became the largest and richest land owner and the political whip of Cape Ann.

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