Another Mac OS Quickstart problem

Unlike rye, I get a little further…
when I attempt to execute the assistant with node index.js I get the following error response…

Bills-Mac-mini:/ wnpeugh$ cd /Users/wnpeugh/Zsnips
Bills-Mac-mini:Zsnips wnpeugh$ node index.js

SyntaxError: Invalid or unexpected token
at Module._compile (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:721:23)
at Object.Module._extensions…js (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:787:10)
at Module.load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:653:32)
at tryModuleLoad (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:593:12)
at Function.Module._load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:585:3)
at Function.Module.runMain (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:829:12)
at startup (internal/bootstrap/node.js:283:19)
at bootstrapNodeJSCore (internal/bootstrap/node.js:622:3)
Bills-Mac-mini:Zsnips wnpeugh$

Also, when I execute snips-watch -v, I DO get an appropriate response…

Bills-Mac-mini:Zsnips wnpeugh$ snips-watch -v

[19:32:50] Watching on localhost:1883 (MQTT)

So help out a newbie as to where to look to fix my SyntaxError Problem

sounds like an error in the node code file… not a snips problem