Tag Archives: the kindness of strangers

The Few and Far Between

I always marvel at the people one meets who are more than willing to help you. It’s rarely who you’d expect to step up to the plate on your behalf. I’m in an area of Brooklyn I’ve never been before, … Continue reading

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Best Story of the Week…July, 27 2018

Rushing to the ATM, I hold the door for a woman coming out who stops to stare at me. I smile. “What’s the matter?” “I can’t believe you hold the door for me?” She’s a little Latino woman, probably working … Continue reading

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Going Bananas

I’ve mentioned not feeling well lately, a condition that’s humbled me more than I can say. The expression, add insult to injury, really hits home, because you kinda find out who your true friends are when you need them the … Continue reading

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Panic On Second Avenue

I lost my phone. OMG You would have thought it was my mind, and it was, for 15 minutes. Where were you…retrace your steps, and as you travel backwards, look down in case it’s lying on the sidewalk like a … Continue reading

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Deaf and Dumb

I’m a firm believer that things are put in front of you for a reason. I’ve been having a challenging time as of late, mostly pertaining to my hearing loss. So when I encountered a man who could neither hear … Continue reading

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Susannah and the Fat Man

I was coming back from a job during rush hour on the L train, a line I never take. There I was, squashed, in-between a woman with 8 shopping bags, and a young kid whose backpack was practically smothering me. … Continue reading

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Hero In A Hard Hat

I was on Carmine Street near the East Village en route to  an appointment.  There’s a fellow in a wheelchair, no more than 30, who sits in front of a variety store.  I’ve seen him before.  He doesn’t ask for … Continue reading

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Another Year Another Wrinkle

When you’re my age, you do try to play your birthday down, but sometimes there’s an unexpected sniper shooting, with candles. I’m in Panera at 6 a.m. on a normal Saturday sprawled in my favorite back booth when suddenly four … Continue reading

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Reaping What You Know

Whenever I see anyone cry, I stop. I can’t help it. A person in that much apparent distress deserves a kind word. Today was a hard one for me. It began being the twenty-first anniversary of my friend Bill’s passing … Continue reading

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New York At Her Best

Yesterday I was complaining of her sassy attitude, but Ms Manhattan showed me her other side. I had to be in lower Manhattan at 6 a.m near street names foreign to me: Erricson, Beach, Vestry all of which were not … Continue reading

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