Everyone has heard the warning about taking candy from strangers: Don’t do it. Strangers can be weird, devious and even downright dangerous. But is that true for all strangers? Of course not. After all, a person is only a stranger to us simply because we don’t know them, at least not yet. But what if we looked at “strangers” as people who have the ability to transform, enlighten and even entertain us? That’s what is at the heart of Margaret Schulte’s book. When you view the lives, experiences and stories of the people you meet every day as though it were candy you can begin to interact with other people in an entirely new and wonderful way.
Strangers Have the Best Candy details some funny, touching and heartwarming stories of the people the author has come into contact with throughout her travels – simply because she was open to listening. I especially enjoyed the sweet way she recalled the road trip she took with her special needs brother. I also loved that the author mentions how people come into our lives right at the time we need them most. Call it kismet, serendipity or just plain coincidence, but it happens time and again and there’s a reason for it. Margaret Schulte’s book is full of these uplifting tales.
Ms. Schulte clearly lives an unusual and nomadic lifestyle. However, that doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t put her methods of taking “candy” from strangers into action. As long as we keep ourselves open to learning from others, even in our own neighborhoods, we can learn a great deal. I highly recommend reading this charming and unique book. It made me want to find out more about the author and read more of her stories. It also made me want to go out and start conversations with complete strangers.
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton