The Nice Thing About Strangers

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

Happiness. Snacks.

One of the secrets of the happy life is continuous small treats, and if some of these can be inexpensive and quickly procured so much the better. -Iris Murdoch. The … Continue reading

July 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Double Date

The couple ducks into the restaurant–the doorways give them plenty of clearance, but they bow anyway. The host shows them to a table and the woman takes the chair facing … Continue reading

May 7, 2012 · 9 Comments

The Meek Tourist

My landlord got his boat engine going and ran it, revved it, for a nice long time. This sound, and my rumbling stomach, pushed back against my travel anxiety and … Continue reading

May 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Take Care

The bus trip from Vienna to Trogir, Croatia takes twelve hours and rolls overnight.  As the monster idles–half the passengers taking final drags on cigarettes and patting at their relatives–a … Continue reading

April 13, 2012 · 7 Comments

Remember Me

The covered cabin of the small boat to Split is full by the time I arrive. So I stand with six others on the back platform, holding onto the railing. … Continue reading

April 2, 2012 · 4 Comments

Volim, Ne Volim

It was a Sunday afternoon, not long after my arrival, and my pathetic-looking protein bar didn’t seem a nice option for a celebratory relocation meal. So despite the rain that … Continue reading

February 10, 2012 · 9 Comments

Clever Boating Term and a Link to the Lemon Tree

The sunset was a dusty purple and blue–like eye shadow colors that women only wore in magazines. I had been collecting the sunsets in amazement at their variety, and to … Continue reading

February 8, 2012 · 4 Comments

Cross Over

Maybe it was the impact of the sky and the water, but even the narrow road had its charm. Driving the curves, or walking on the crumbling shoulder that grew … Continue reading

February 6, 2012 · 1 Comment

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