The Nice Thing About Strangers

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

Just a Little Reading Break

The impresario Seth Godin said, “Many people start a blog, but very few people ever finish one.”

I don’t think I’m finished yet. I don’t quite know how to explain what’s been happening blog-wise for me lately. I should apologize for not having regular posts. It’s been almost 5 years that I’ve been posting–maybe more, I can’t even check right now. πŸ™‚ The stories are still coming, actually. I’ve been traveling and I collected 4 lovely ones en route to Europe. I’m totally out of photos. I need a day to mindfully go around town and take photos, but I’m not a photographer so that feels a bit like saying, “Go eat your vegetables.” It’s the stories that come to me like happy beams of light.

I’m reading John Steinbeck’s “Winter of our Discontent,” and it’s regularly making my jaw drop. I am almost finished with it and I want to start it again and read the whole thing aloud. Perhaps I’ve just needed a little time for vacation–to relax and re-set. I’ll give you some great Steinbeck lines on Friday and begin again next week by telling you about a little boy in the Istanbul airport, a beautiful woman in a Vienna train, and a little girl who could not wait to get to Canada.

Thank you for being patient and kind. πŸ™‚

11 comments on “Just a Little Reading Break

  1. joannerambling
    August 3, 2016

    I can’t imagine finishing my blog the time make come when it is time to finish but have no idea when that time will be

    • Joanne,
      I felt the same way. I think many don’t keep up the habits of blogging, and I did so regularly for so long. It begins to compound when I start to miss my deadline goals. Here’s hoping I can find my way to keep on rolling. πŸ™‚

  2. Darlene
    August 4, 2016

    Everyone needs a break from time to time. If you are reading Steinbeck you are using your time wisely. Enjoy!

  3. ksbeth
    August 4, 2016

    take breaks when you need them and return when you feel that you want to, enjoy

  4. hughcurtler
    August 4, 2016

    Ahhhh, Steinbeck. A terrific novel and a great writer.

    • Hugh, I know I’ve enjoyed Steinbeck in the past, but I’d never read this one. I finished it in the train today and got a little misty. πŸ™‚ Hope you’re well!

  5. Maureen Sudlow
    August 4, 2016

    …and I love to photograph, but the stories won’t come

    • Ah, we could make quite a team! πŸ™‚ I have to be very mindful to get myself to take a photo.
      Have a lovely week, Maureen!

  6. Jeff Walker
    August 5, 2016

    I’ve never read “Winter of Our Discontent” before. Recommended? My favorite Steinbeck is “Travels with Charley”. After reading it I thought it would be a great idea for a blog. Then I found yours and travel and observe humanity through your eyes. Recharge your batteries Paige. In the meantime I’m still making my way through your book. πŸ™‚

    “There are two kinds of people in the world, observers and non-observers…” – John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

    • πŸ™‚ Jeff, I haven’t read “Travels with Charley,” but I did love Graham Greene’s “Travels with my Aunt.” A favorite.

      I can recommend this one. There’s something really fresh about the dialogue and view of the world. I kept stopping to re-read some of it, jaw-open, beaming and happy that I had a chance to read such a clever turn of phrase. I’m sharing a few lines today. They might give you some hints.
      Thank you, Jeff! Stay out of the Nebraska heat!

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