The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.


Tomorrow I will read books, eat a care package of Mom’s ginger cookies and have my next birthday. I’ve got a stack of books waiting to be chosen, but I’ll no doubt spend time with dear Fernando Pessoa. Someday I’ll tell you the story of visiting his hometown of Lisbon to track him down, even if he did die 70 years before my arrival.

Lisbon, Pessoa, trave photos

What can China give me that my soul hasn’t already given me? And if my soul can’t give it to me, how can China give it to me? For it’s with my soul that I’ll see China, if I ever see it. I could go and seek riches in the Orient, but not the riches of the soul, because I am my soul’s riches, and I am where I am…All of us are near sighted, except on the inside. Only the eyes we use for dreaming truly see.

–Fernando Pessoa. The Book of Disquiet.

Pessoa, Lisbon, travel photosFernando Pessoa, Book fo Disquiet, used books

22 comments on “Happy

  1. adinparadise
    December 17, 2012

    Lovely post. Happy birthday to you.

  2. journeyman1977
    December 17, 2012

    Here’s a quote for you birthday girl (it’s already tomorrow where I am πŸ™‚ )

    β€œThe value of things is not the time they last, but the intensity with which they occur. That is why there are unforgettable moments and unique people!”
    ― Fernando Pessoa

    Happy birthday, Paige….thank you for always sharing with us those unforgettable moments that you see that others can’t. Unique πŸ˜‰ That’s you! have a good one, friend!!!

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      December 19, 2012

      Fernando’s got it going on, let’s face it! He’s a rockstar. Thank you for the kind words, journeyman. I’ll stay on the look-out!

      • journeyman1977
        December 19, 2012

        Hugs Paige…trust you had an awesome day πŸ™‚ He has got it going on πŸ™‚

      • thenicethingaboutstrangers
        December 19, 2012

        Head cold, Hungarian novel, India Pale Ale. Not too shabby. πŸ™‚

      • journeyman1977
        December 19, 2012

        sans the dang head cold not too shabby at all πŸ™‚ happy for you, friend.

  3. ApplePieAndNapalm
    December 17, 2012

    I hope you have a great birthday, Paige! Fantastic post tonight!

  4. Sigrun
    December 17, 2012

    Wish you all the best!

  5. Kavi
    December 17, 2012

    Lovely post – so glad I stumbled upon your blog! Happy Birthday πŸ™‚

  6. hafong
    December 18, 2012

    Happy birthday from a stranger!

  7. Asha Seth
    December 18, 2012

    Belated Birthday Wishes, Paige! God bless! πŸ™‚


  8. Enchanted Seashells
    December 22, 2012

    happy birthday! If you ever get a chance, can you post the recipe for the ginger cookies? I LOVE them.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      December 22, 2012

      Of course! Much-beloved cookies from a dearly-beloved neighbor, Alice Loewe.

      1 c white sugar
      3/4 c shortening (don’t panic) πŸ™‚
      1/2 c molasses
      1 egg

      Beat above well. Sift together and add:
      2 c flour
      2 tsp soda
      1 1/2 tsp ginger
      2 tbs salt
      1 tsp vanilla

      Mix well. Chill dough overnight.
      Make into balls, roll in sugar. Bake at 350 until light brown.

      Mom says stop baking at 8 minutes, even if they seem a big mushy, as she swears this is how they stay remarkably soft. πŸ™‚

      Merry Christmas!

  9. restlessjo
    December 22, 2012

    Way too late for birthday wishes, so I’d better stick with Merry Christmas. Pessoa is on my reading list. Got to stop reading so many blogs and I’ll get there. Balance in everything? Sounds a bit boring, doesn’t it?

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      December 22, 2012

      Balance sounds like a noble goal, especially for we restless ones. πŸ˜‰ Maybe next year… πŸ™‚ Thanks and Merry Christmas to you too, Jo!

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