Nice strangers #8-12, and beyond . . .

And so ends our 12 Days of Nice Strangers series. Every photo a connection, a story. A glimpse into a different life. A brief moment of humanity in a world gone crazy. And it’s all right there for us, each and every day, while Traveling at the Speed of Bike. Advertisements

Nice stranger #7

This is Ms. Brownlee, our 7th selection in this 12 Days of Nice Strangers feature. She took her public school 7th grade language arts class on a two-mile walk (on the multiuse path where I was Traveling at the Speed of Bike) while each student carried two gallons of water as a way to bring…

Nice stranger #6

For our 6th featured street portrait during 12 Days of Nice Strangers, I give you Ka’Nitah. I’ll let her tell you her story through her sign. I met her while traveling at the speed of bike past the old Atlanta Civic Center, where this drive for disaster relief supplies was underway. She was with her…

Nice stranger #5

This is the second photo I took of a man named Jon, whom I met while Traveling at the Speed of Bike. He’s now a friend. In fact, he’s the person who gave me the bike I named Magic — this photo is from that day, and that story is in my book. But this following…

Nice strangers #4

 Considering I taught a class for adults on trikes, it caught my eye when I saw this woman on a trike — not to mention that adorable dog in the basket! Turns out today’s Nice Strangers (in our 12 Days of Nice Strangers series), Cynthia and Houndie, have an Instagram feed that will put a…

Nice stranger #3

There’s a public piano at the MARTA Arts Center station (where I often exit the train with my bike). Jeremy Ray (pictured) painted it. The next time we passed after meeting him, someone was playing it, my younger daughter started singing along, and a man and his kids watched and videotaped. Everyone high-fived afterwards before…

Nice strangers #2

So I kicked off Twelve Days of Nice Strangers a week or two ago, just to give you a peek. My Nice Strangers file of photos is so thick that it’s hard to choose the rest of the list, but here goes. These are folks I met while Traveling at the Speed of Bike. My…

The people you meet

This past weekend while Traveling at the Speed of Bike, I met Muslims holding signs on a street corner while handing out free Qurans, and Jews at a kosher barbecue cookoff with booths with names including Chick Oy Vey, Burnt Offerings, and the Hebrew Hillbillies. You smile. You chat. You get to know people when…