The Nice Thing About Strangers

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

I Want To Tell You Something Beautiful.

After a few weeks practicing my Turkish with various strangers, I’m pleased with my progress–but overwhelmed by how much I still have to learn. Smiling helps. Smiling helps me make … Continue reading

August 20, 2012 · 43 Comments

Breakfast/Kahvaltı

I’m the only customer in the breakfast room at the hotel, and the chef comes from the kitchen to nod at my arrival. I cut straight for the coffee and … Continue reading

August 6, 2012 · 7 Comments

Last Minute Turkish Lessons Because…

Being in the foreign country means walking a tightrope high above the ground without the net afforded a person by the country where he has his family, colleagues, and friends, … Continue reading

February 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Bosnian Bullfighter

A sheepish lady tourist examines a plaque in Mostar’s Spanish square. It seems a good place to pause, fan herself, gaze around without being noticed. Half a block beyond the … Continue reading

December 28, 2011 · 3 Comments

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