I never thought I’d date a black man

Me and my date at the one (!) dance I went to in high school. Reading time: 2 min. 30 sec. Someone told me, before I entered high school, that that’s often where people meet the person they’re going to marry. Do you think that was really true in the 1970s? I believed...

The Thief at the El Stop

Fullerton El Stop in the Winter Reading time: 5 min. Years ago, a black man stole my pocket book. Later that day, I glared at a black woman because I was angry, and she was black like the thief. Looking back on this, I’m astonished that I actually tried to take my...

The Flatterer at the Bus Stop after Dark

Reading time: 2 min. 30 sec. One winter evening, after dark, I was waiting for a bus in what was then a semi-sketchy neighborhood (Belltown, if you’re familiar with Seattle). I’d been waiting about five minutes when this man approached me. He was middle-aged,...

There couldn’t be good barbecue in Wyoming

I was in the small town of Rock Springs, Wyoming, many years ago. I was in the area to see the countryside that Eleanor Pruitt Stewart wrote about in her book Letters from a Woman Homesteader. As I was walking around Rock Springs, I happened across a barbecue place....

Finding love in unexpected places

Reading time: 1 min. This post is from a blog I kept for a little over two years, called “I’m Curious About People.” I posted about things that interested me in people. This post was #466. I’d always figured that my husband’s cousin Chad must have...

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