Alexandria Living Magazine – Our Common Language

Just a little announcement:

I’m excited to let you know I have another essay appearing in the current issue of Alexandria Living magazine!

It’s always a thrill to work with the kind folks at the magazine and as an Alexandria, Virginia resident it was especially fun to contribute.

Below is the link to my piece in the online version of Alexandria Living. Check it out, and if you like, please comment on the magazine website in the space they provide just below the essay.

We would love to hear your feedback!

Thanks to all those who’ve asked what I’ve been up to lately. Blogging continues to be great fun and has proven to be an exciting pathway to opportunities like this. Exciting!

Stuart M. Perkins



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39 responses to “Alexandria Living Magazine – Our Common Language

  1. Laughter and math seem to be universal languages. Enjoyable slice-of-life observation piece.

  2. What an amazing visual picture you created with this story! You certainly are a great story-shuckster!

  3. I can see the faces and almost hear the laughter. What a wonderful article! Laughter is a method of communication that all of humanity shares.

  4. Up to your usual high standard – I hope you enjoyed the film.

  5. Congratulations and Happy New Year, Stuart! May 2020 bring you success and happiness!

  6. Great article. I left a comment on the magazine site. What movie did you see? It is so wonderful to share a movie with others. It’s like you are all a community at that moment as you open to the story and mingle your emotional responses.

    Have a wonderful and fulfilling New Year!

  7. I love people- watching, even though I’m not big on crowds. 🙂 What a good story. I really enjoyed how you weaved the details into a good moment. I wondered what movie you all saw? Congratulations on the article!!! What a good way to start the year 🙂

  8. I visited the link and left my feedback there. I am so glad you posted this link! Wonderful writing, Stuart! ❤

  9. I would have loved to read your article, but the magazine demands I subscribe to see it. The last thing I need is more unwanted email.

  10. What an excellent and thought provoking article! It made me smile. We truly more alike than different. Language notwithstanding.

  11. Gigi

    The story of a watcher. I loved it and I tend to be a watcher from time to time as well. Laughter is contagious, so is easily translated.

  12. Another great slice of life. Somehow I knew that popcorn wasn’t going to last. But you did get the last laff ~ on yourself!

  13. Oh that was wonderful, I love it, so sensory. Well done you

  14. I’m laughing right now! Just imagining that scene makes me feel happy. I am a great ‘people watcher’ and always love the discordance of multi-language chatter. In a crowd of people like this, I am reminded of a game that I have played since I was very young. It is simply imagining where they are from and what do they do (most were spies or criminals on the run when I was a kid)! Thanks for the continued stories and happy new year to you Stuart.

    • Thanks Al! I’m the same way… I love to wonder about people and their stories and where they’re from and what they’re doing, going to do, etc. People watching is the best. Thanks again!

  15. Again! How impressive! Happy New Year Stuart. Muriel

  16. Very descriptive writing and enjoyed the visual I had of the room and the different groups. I thought you showed different demographics without stereotyping and that was excellent. I also enjoyed the other comments who also enjoyed your writing. Thank you.

  17. The diversity/sameness of the crowd is infectious. Sort of like smiles verbalized. A happy thought in these difficult times.

  18. BETH

    People watching can be priceless entertainment.

  19. andydk

    Really enjoyed your story. Isn’t funny how universal things are even when you don’t know a language?

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