The Thin Man

This memoir shows how seemingly small acts of kindness can sometimes have larger consequences. Some names and locations have been changed to shield an identity. The image at left is a poster for The Thin Man from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.

“Were you a friend of Rick Hansen on Bell Street?” he asked.

“Still am,” I replied.

“I thought I recognized you.” He paused. “You ever?” He let the question hang.

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Convolutions of Fate

This is a memoir about getting what you think you want. The photograph is of me as an old salt on the gangplank of the USS Ticonderoga.

“I was trying not to show it, but he felt my turmoil. He even volunteered to stay aboard with me. His wife and daughter, who I knew almost intimately from his stories, were on the pier. There was no question about where he needed to be. I thanked him and wished him well.

Soon, most everyone was ashore while I just sat stunned. Silent. Stewing.”

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