The Nice Thing About Strangers

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

Soup and Sisters

I’m willing to bet they are sisters, or perhaps very close cousins, but the group of three women are all sitting with identical postures while waiting for the airplane. The … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · 10 Comments

The 400th Post: Something So Perfect.

The fact that I am publishing the 400th blog post is totally amazing to me. This all started as a way to sort through notes from my travels. Since then, … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · 23 Comments

When It Begins

I always loved twilight: it was the only time I had the feeling that something important could happen. All things were more beautiful bathed in twilight, all streets, all squares, … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · 5 Comments

Without a Hitch

You only get married for the first time once. –Zlata’s Diary. Zlata Filipovic

October 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

Tell Me.

There was a storytelling code of solidarity—you did not sabotage someone else’s narration if it was satisfying to the audience, or you could expect one of your stories to be … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · 2 Comments


At the symphony, the tall woman loses focus during Strauss. When she returns from intermission, she seems determined to try again. A row of men who resemble retired diplomats watch … Continue reading

December 10, 2012 · 13 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

My First Trip to Europe Anxiety. Part II.

Bus and tram trip from the airport through Prague. An old Army barracks being renovated into a mall, a KFC. Lots of graffiti, signs–I see them and the words mean … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · 8 Comments

My First Trip To Europe Anxiety. Part I.

Glory. I’ve uncovered a notebook from my first trip to Europe six years ago. I was absolutely terrified! Reading this reminds me how new I have become in the last … Continue reading

November 21, 2012 · 10 Comments

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