Brief Encounters


WhenStrangersMeetby Mary Jo

Recently I saw an article in the Sunday feature section of the local newspaper about a book called When Strangers Meet: How People You Don't Know Can Transform You Written by Kio Stark, a writer and teacher, the book is the text of a short TED talk  she gave; you can listen to it here directly.

Her basic thesis is that brief friendly interactions with strangers enrich our lives and create a better sense of community.  (This is particularly valuable in a world of people who are glued to their electronic devices!)

The reason the article so delighted me was because I've been talking to strangers my whole life.  I come by this habit honestly–my mother did it, my big sister does it, and I do, too.  

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