i have a friend at work named stuart. he does cool things like organize groups of volunteers to monitor bees in the summer and birds in the winter and sometimes we go for strolls and talk about life and tom hodgkinson books.

one day he made me cross a log over a creek and last week i held a bird feeder open with a stick while he poured the rushing seeds in through the top.

who are these people we spend 8 hours of our day with? learning it's the small pleasures of their company that make our time feel new, punctuated by their thoughts and ideas and interesting ways of approaching the hundred little choices that make up a day.

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