Habits on my desk, and yes, that absolutely is a
St. Ignatius bobblehead holding down my notes
for a chemistry essay in progress.
A story about "particular friendships" ends with the note of a young woman come to the community from a farm where she slept four to a bed. This said much about life in early twentieth century Minnesota, in a few spare words.
You can read one of the stories here (click on the photo that comes up to read the story). I encourage you to browse more of Susan's stories while you are there.