The Nice Thing About Strangers

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

One Giant Leap for Ein Kleines Kind

The plastic bag is in the top of the tree. Three stories up. This distance means little to the two foot child under the tree, leaping with his hands up, … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · 5 Comments

Clock Watching

The shuttle heading north is supposed to leave the airport at 8:05 pm.  The elderly pair in the front seat wait. The driver leaves the door open and the shuttle … Continue reading

March 13, 2013 · 5 Comments

Someone to Watch Over Me

The lady behind me at the stoplight has a very tired looking Guardian Angel figurine hanging from her rearview mirror. For good reason. Since pausing, she’s been engaging in an … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · 7 Comments

The Deliberation: To Crock Pot Or Not

They were the third pair that day mulling over the used crock pot at the back of the thrift store. Ultimately, everyone shops the same. A teenaged girl and her … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · 19 Comments

Courteous Cardio (or My New Old Friend)

I enjoy the solitude of the vacant cycling room, until an elderly man peeks in sheepishly. I beam. (By now it should be clear that the elderly are my favorite … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 7 Comments

Resolution

“Beware of pickpocketers while praying.”  I pass the sign in the entryway to the Church of the Infant of Prague. I keep my hands in my empty pockets. I admire … Continue reading

December 31, 2012 · 13 Comments

Good, But No Samaritan

On the 92A bus, a gruff Austrian soldier keeps his pack on as he watches intently for his stop. Two elementary-aged boys on board spot an opportunity and sneak up … Continue reading

December 28, 2012 · 17 Comments

Cat Scratch Traffic

She squints at the stop sign with the groggy look of 6:00 am drivers. Watching for a break in traffic, the woman suddenly comes alive. She jolts. The car rolls … Continue reading

December 12, 2012 · 7 Comments

The Church Flirt

The church is freezing, though it isn’t particularly cold outside. Suddenly even attending Mass seems an exceptionally pious act. The tourists walking through blow steam from their lips. They clasp … Continue reading

November 28, 2012 · 10 Comments

Nana, did you have any idea?

Not a day of strangers, I spent the afternoon with my niece Addyson (yes, that Addyson). My mother’s birthday gift was a surprise on her return from Oregon. We cleaned … Continue reading

November 16, 2012 · 8 Comments

Thank You For Searching, You Nice Strangers

One of my favorite things is to see the search terms that bring people to the blog. I wanted to share my ten favorites. Many made me laugh, but still, … Continue reading

November 14, 2012 · 18 Comments

Concerto for Cello and Springs

An infant boy in red-footed-pajamas races down the moving sidewalk. His curly locks bounce as he bounds. Bystanders cringe as he nears the end, his father breaking into a sprint … Continue reading

November 12, 2012 · 10 Comments

Saturday-Ja-Vu: How To Kill Time

Some days feel more land-locked than others. I was reminded of Croatian bus drivers and border crossings today, though I haven’t spotted either one. And children and adults staying entertained … Continue reading

October 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

Tomatoes and Crushes

Originally posted on The Nice Thing About Strangers:
He had been handsome when younger; he remained handsome, but had reached an age where people gazed at him like his days…

October 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Joy of Forgetting

This morning I took my notebook out for a date at the park. We had a delightful time. I ran a pen dry. While taking notes on what I’ve seen … Continue reading

September 3, 2012 · 23 Comments

Palms

Two small boys track the line of workers trimming the palm trees. The men in green jumpsuits stare up at the man-lift. The boys nod at each other with tight-lipped smiles … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · 14 Comments

Relieved

A stray dog circles the rather vacant beach. Lean and leisurely, he weaves around people sunning themselves like he’s a bored security guard. He heads for an unattended pile of … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · 16 Comments

Work Hard, Play Hard

A fleet of Domino’s pizza delivery mopeds putter through the tourist crowd by the Hippodrome of Constantinople. The boy drivers nod at each other and roar weak engines on the … Continue reading

August 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

A Donut Day In Swimsuit Season

The woman at the register greeted the next pair in line warmly, “I’ll take the next…Hi.” The mother stepped forward, her son jumped and danced up alongside her. “Well, don’t … Continue reading

June 11, 2012 · 3 Comments

Lawn Pilot

Still only one-third of the way through his job–navigating a riding lawnmower over two acres in front of the Lutheran church–he delighted in shredding each swath. He chose a bright … Continue reading

May 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

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