She smiled sadly “I just remembered something: He used to say he loved to take a shower right after me because the bathroom was always warm and smelled good after I was done.“

I said “Sounds like a metaphor of your whole relationship.”

She looked at me, took a sharp deep breath and slowly nodded.

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I heard a great story about the Borrelli company in Italy. They make some of the best men’s shirts in the world, ergo they cost a lot too. All of the buttonholes on the shirts are hand sewn by a bunch of old women in a small town near the…

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I told the famous writer one particular short story he’d written was a great favorite of mine and that I go back and reread it often. He made a pained face and said, “I don’t like that story. I wrote it about someone who ended up being the biggest mistake…

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One night at a hotel bar in Texas, someone told me the story of a man who for years made audio recordings of all his favorite sounds: trains passing through town at night, wind in the trees, crashing ocean waves, fire crackling in a fireplace, certain birds, thunder and rain…

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Some people live like life is a chairlift at a ski resort. They stand in one place doing little with the days until the next moving ‘chair’ comes around, usually in the form of a new person in their life, job offer, or opportunity dropped in their lap. Then with…

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Anyone who likes to read usually has far too many books in their library but has no hesitation buying another if it looks interesting. I like just looking at all of the unread book on my shelves. It is like being at a dinner party where all of the guests…

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An interesting fact I learned that could be useful somewhere in a piece of fiction, even if only as a metaphor:

When judging the quality of a guitar, experts listen for four things in particular. The acronym is called ASDR which stands for:

Attack (the first sound that comes from…

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