Memoir

Dirty Laundry, Part 1: Smells and Bells by Peter Donatelli

Dirty Laundry, Part 1: Smells and Bells by Peter Donatelli

The smell of Nissen's Bakery permeated the Hill. As a child in the 70's, there was a certain comfort growing up in a neighborhood that was a community of friends in a setting that was, for me, both sensationally sensory and mystically spiritual. The best of all worlds for a family that immigrated to Maine (of all places) from Italy, a country filled with a plethora of traditions and superstitions that many townships and communities would reject and ostracize but NOT Portland, Maine and more specifically the culturally diverse yet amazingly inclusive Munjoy Hill. In the 70's we had the benefit of being accepted for our financial struggles in an area where most of our neighbors had no pretense nor condescension.