The Nice Thing About Strangers

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

Places I’ve Gone on Account of a Book

I read a book one day and my whole life was changed…Where were the kindred spirits with whom I could talk? Where was the country in which I’d find the … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · 12 Comments

A Pledge to Curl Up With More Books

“Always I find when I begin to write there is one character who obstinately will not come alive. There is nothing psychologically false about him, but he sticks, he has … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · 3 Comments

Next Stop

As usual, stops were not announced on the train. People familiar with the route rushed the hallways as we pulled into a station–or the last scraps of one. The train … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · 9 Comments

Not Helpless

I was trudging home from an English lesson with my astounding student, an asylum seeker and former child soldier from Sierra Leone who had the most remarkably shy smile. He … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · 8 Comments

You Can Read Over My Shoulder, But You Can’t Come Along

In the shuttle bus to the airplane, I break into scraps of conversational Turkish with a group of teenage boys from Kahramanmaraş. Even the boldest among them–a boy with smooth … Continue reading

March 12, 2012 · 11 Comments

Underline.

Read sparingly but ardently. That way you’ll look far more knowledgeable than those who read a great deal but enjoy nothing. -Orhan Pamuk. The Black Book. (One might even trade … Continue reading

March 1, 2012 · 2 Comments

May We Never Be Intelligent

Intelligent people after the age of 30 read nothing at all. -W. Somerset Maugham. Cakes and Ale.

December 15, 2011 · 1 Comment

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