The Nice Thing About Strangers

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

Two Cheers for Staying Cheerful

He crawls on the elliptical next to mine. He summons a huge breath and sends out a slow, I’d-love-to-seem-determined-but-I’m-here-against-my-will exhale. “Well,” he says it to himself, but doesn’t mind when … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 5 Comments

The Delight of Responsibility

He’s overjoyed. The small boy has been placed in charge of the hose at the car wash, and he’s drenching the hood of the family sedan. Straining to keep the … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · 6 Comments

She’s kind of, oh my gosh

The three elementary-aged kids outside want to be characters from Star Wars.  The little boy is trying to stake a claim. “Who is, you know Chewy? You know Chewbacca? What’s … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · 8 Comments

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