Short stories on love, loss, discovery, and friendship are brought to life through conversation. Dialogue may be guarded as in the opening cover story when a landlord comes by to collect delinquent rent. What the landlord and the renter share with each other changes their lives. For the two principal characters in the “San Juan River Inn,” one is desperate to recover her memory while the other will not leave until he helps her find what she lost. Dialogue is up and down, strong and weak; not always equal. What helps even out conversation is the ability of one person to listen. In “The Tide is Turning,” Eddie Wheelwright is overwhelmed by the anger that Valerie Samson expresses, but it wakes him up.