The Nice Thing About Strangers

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

Driving Questions

It’s hard to hear their actual conversation. There’s the kind, booming voice of the bus driver, the questioning tone of the young, blonde boy. The boy wears a Transformers t-shirt … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · 6 Comments

Split Scenes

The teenage girl wears a tshirt that reads: “Love My Smile,” but she isn’t smiling. She stands next to an ad for shoes where none of the models are smiling. … Continue reading

September 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

A Place to Tie Your Wishes: Affection and Cargo

A line of tour buses waited outside the leather goods store. As tourists wandered in to admire coats and boots despite the 100 degree heat, their drivers scattered out–smoking, standing … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · 6 Comments

To Pass the Time

Among the many reasons I like Croatian bus drivers is that they will carry on conversations with you knowing full well you don’t speak the language.  A test of your … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · 7 Comments

Pick Me Up

The Taksim bus station, night and day, hosts chaos. Buses line up and depart from four doubled-up lines and feature the soundtrack of air brakes and honking horns. Pedestrians, as … Continue reading

February 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Shoulder to Shoulder

On the winding road down the Croatian coast, a couple gazes toward the turquoise sea one usually only glimpses in movies. She sighs, ”We’re driving in the clouds.” But he … Continue reading

January 30, 2012 · 5 Comments

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