The Nice Thing About Strangers

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

Though Weary Evening Eyes Do Get Sunsets…

On the long journey doubts were often my companions. I’ve always admired those reporters who can descend on an area, talk to key people, ask key questions, take samplings of … Continue reading

September 28, 2016 · 6 Comments

“The Winter of Our Discontent” in August

See you Monday for a happy tale from the Ataturk airport, Istanbul. For now, a few lines from John Steinbeck’s “The Winter of Our Discontent,” which I just devoured. 🙂 … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · 5 Comments

Wrong Turns

“I don’t mind if I make mistakes. It may be that in one of the blind alleys I may find something to my purpose.” –(Larry.) The Razor’s Edge. W. Somerset … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · 5 Comments

So when you’re out to dinner and…

As their parents sat at the table and talked, the children kept running around, hiding underneath and shouting at one another. These people’s happiness pleased Mevlut. Human beings were made … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · 6 Comments

Be Nice To Yourself (As Well)

It’s more like: if you can think of times in your life that you’ve treated people with extraordinary decency and love, and pure uninterested concern, just because they were valuable … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · 10 Comments

Skills and Struggles

One might read the lives of the saints and think: I could be more generous, more loving, more patient, and so on. But, when he think that we have to … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Best Souvenirs are the People You’ll Meet

The girl brought it out in truth as she might have brought a huge confession, something she admitted herself shy about and that would seem to show her as frivolous; … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · 3 Comments

Why I Smile –Even When I’m in the Grocery Store

We stand much more in need of encouragement, of positive and clear direction. We know well enough what is wrong with us, but the monotony of the life sometimes makes … Continue reading

September 25, 2015 · 5 Comments

Men at Work

“Always I find when I begin to write there is one character who obstinately will not come alive. There is nothing psychologically false about him, but he sticks, he has … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 3 Comments

A Happy and Beautiful Solitude (For Now)

I felt happy and grateful and kept thinking an old thought: I wished that all my friends who I love so much could see and feel what I see and … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · 15 Comments

Every Meal

With this feast I drank most of a bottle of Muscadet out of my modest ‘cellar’. I ate and drank slowly as one should (cook fast, eat slowly) and without … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 7 Comments


“The life of an individual is in many respects like a child’s dissected map. If I could life a hundred years, keeping my intelligence to the last, I feel as … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment


I inherited from my father his way of looking at things and some of his integrity, and from my mother her dissatisfaction with the mess the world is in and … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

Meet Me in St. Louis

It did not take him long to act. Often nowadays people do not know what to do and so live out their lives as if they were waiting for some … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 6 Comments

A Home on the Horizon

It is just that, as it now suddenly occurs to me, this is the first time in my life that I have been really alone at night. My childhood home, … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · 11 Comments

Show Me State Signs

Traveling, scrawling, but I thought you might like these signs from a road trip through Missouri. Wednesday, we will observe some mid-flight flirting. I watched the whole encounter with a … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 19 Comments

Do Envy the Oldsters

From this one may see that there is no reason to pity the old people. Instead, young people should envy them. It is true that the old have no opportunities, … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · 11 Comments

For the Hard Days

“Too often,” [Bear Hayes] said, “we lose sight of just how much we have to be grateful for. And we must be grateful for our hardships. We must be more … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Anticipation of Memory

To a certain extent he took comfort in the inevitable and when they sat down to dinner he could already, a little, look upon her as a lovely fragment of … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · 7 Comments


A stranger: the word meant nothing to her; there was no place in the world where she felt a stranger. She circulated the dregs of the cheap port in her … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · 4 Comments

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