10. Strangers on a Train


As I live 40 miles away from Manchester and the magneticNorth studio, I travel by train every day. While it’s a pain being tied to a commute time and at the mercy of the incredibly bad British transport system, the train is great for doing a lot of thinking and for observing the behavior of fellow passengers. By putting myself in a situation where lots of interaction takes place between strangers and acquaintances, I see unexpected things happen all the time—things that open my mind up to new ways of thinking. By far the nicest occurred out of the blue the evening before I wrote this piece.

The note said, “Please Take ...

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