The Nice Thing About Strangers

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

Another Love Story Where Nothing Happens

He is hustling across the U-Bahn station, but as he passes the elevator, he slows his pace. Then he shifts his path to head for the stairs. There is a … Continue reading

July 3, 2013 · 9 Comments

Totally Not Making This Up

The salesman gazes and grins at a tourist sitting alone in the outdoor café. Her chair points toward his shop. To investigate him, she looks across the center line of … Continue reading

December 19, 2011 · 4 Comments

The Shared Eyebrow and the Runaway Tablet

He has a blue jogging suit and winter coat, she wears leggings as pants with a ski jacket. They stand close while waiting for the plane. She tries to hand … Continue reading

December 12, 2011 · 5 Comments

A Love Story in Eight Bus Stops

This is perhaps the only time in recorded history when a woman has given a double-take to a man in a beige running suit and fanny pack. He boards the … Continue reading

December 5, 2011 · 10 Comments

Not a Drop of Worry

A tall father rushed to keep his tiny daughter under their umbrella, trying to watch the fellow pedestrians so as not to gouge them, and also trying to watch the … Continue reading

November 28, 2011 · 5 Comments

Swiss Miss

The Zürich airport thinks it is better than you.  It refuses to be a mere place for waiting to depart, refuses to be a bus stop–it hosts a Hermes boutique.  Other … Continue reading

November 25, 2011 · 5 Comments


Flipping through a fashion magazine, the woman gazes past the words and tries to entertain herself with the pictures. On an interesting photograph of shoes, she reaches for her husband’s … Continue reading

November 11, 2011 · 7 Comments

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