Ordinary people, extraordinary stories: Finding the thread that connects us

Transitions: Views of life in a changing world

“There were also the stories I didn’t tell because they just felt too personal, and writing them down and attributing them to a particular person felt like an invasion of privacy. There was the woman I asked what brought her to the US and she shrugged her shoulders matter of factly and declared, ‘A lawsuit’. The young girl who confessed she had survived three suicide attempts, the man whose parents were both cremated along with the family dog and all popped into an urn together. And now when he and his partner travel the world on cruise ships for their annual holidays, as his parents once did, he sprinkles a couple of spoonfuls over the seas so his parents – and the family dog – can keep on traveling.”

The last couple of years I’ve found myself falling in love with Zimbabwe all over again, or maybe for the first…

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