From the October 2017 magazine.

Jumping to Conclusions

Wild kids next door were causing trouble and she had to do something. She had no idea she was leaping headfirst into Step Ten

It was nearly eight years ago that I moved to the small town of Ashland, Oregon, to begin a new life. I left behind the disquieting arena of greater Los Angeles and its boom boxes, road rage, sirens and gunshots. 

On the first night in my new home, I opened every window and fell asleep to the magical sound of silence. My neighbors in Ashland are quiet folks. A couple of noisy diesel trucks go by but nothing so loud that it jolts me out of my reverie. 

-- Susan H.

Ashland, Ore., USA

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