Ben Greene tells the stories of life, the narratives of beauty and brokenness, thanks to 20 years of practice under others' watchful eyes. On Greene's first day as a journalist, a man jumped to his death at a rock quarry. That's when Greene learned where to park without upsetting first responders. Cops aren't as likely to talk when they're angry about where you parked, a wiser reporter said to Greene. Years later, he was miles from his car hours before a President's inauguration, That day, Americans shared their hopes and hurts at Metro stops near Washington D.C. He worked full-time for The Associated Press with the same delight as writing for slow towns beside slower rivers. He thrives in small-town Massachusetts, mostly because of the local donut shop, library and two beaches. As always, he's stirred by stories of people embracing risk and sacrifice to grow toward a purpose beyond their power or pleasure.