Misha Crews

Love stories about old houses and family secrets.

“Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise.” Last week I shared this quote on social media, and I said that it was attributed to William Butler Yeats. In that post I mentioned that the phrase is actually a variation of a biblical verse, Hebrews 13:2: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: …

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Three Thanskgivings ago, I was in California. It was the first holiday after my mother passed away. My family was all back east, and although I had some good friends living nearby, I decided to take the long weekend and treat myself to a road trip. When I reached San Luis Obispo, I went for a long walk. And when I returned to my hotel, I wrote a story. Recently I found the story again, and I was amazed at the loneliness and longing that infused every syllable. Did I really feel like that as I walked those streets, or was it just my writerly imagination?