The Nice Thing About Strangers

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

Red Light

Stopped in traffic, I may or may not be listening to 80s music and dancing in my seat. (Okay, I am.) I glance around for witnesses and find a bulldog … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · 5 Comments

The Top Ten Search Terms: Seek and Ye Shall Find

Last year, I posted the most frequent search terms that led people to my blog. It used to seem quite random–for example, “Chuck Norris Drowns a guy in Rice” led … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · 10 Comments

Packs of Blondes

Originally posted on The Nice Thing About Strangers:
Granted, it was a small sample, but from the Turkish TV dramas I’d  watched in passive attempts to learn the language, all…

October 14, 2013 · 4 Comments

On Dogs and Tough Guys

The slim, green-eyed teenaged boy wears the now-typical skinny jeans, flashy shoes, and puffy black coat. He stands with his elbows out a bit, holds his arms away from his … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · 14 Comments

The Fence, The Dog, The Gasp.

There’s a creature sniffing in the bushes, this is clear to the small girl with a set of freshly coiled braids. She tugs at her pink backback on her walk … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · 11 Comments

Iceland. Or The Moon.

How foolish we were to be afraid of loneliness. -Graham Greene. The Heart of the Matter.

November 5, 2012 · 20 Comments

Okay, Here We Go

“That’s a good dog,” she says as her huge creature chases a panicked wild bunny, then runs into the neighbor’s yard to relieve itself. “Go get that rabbit. I know … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · 5 Comments

The Rush

In Kreutzberg, on a street of hip shops and Indian restaurants and postcard stands, a young boy with wavy brown hair hurries down the street. In winter, the sidewalks are … Continue reading

February 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

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