This is a collection of short stories tied together by the setting which happens to be a saloon, Callahan's Crosstime Sallon. People find Callahan's place if they're in need of a little spiritual/emotional healing, effectively when life's been a bit unkind and they need a bit of a boost. Everybody here will not judge, but will instead listen and maybe nudge you back on track if you're lucky. It doesn't surprise me in the least that the author's wife is a Buddhist Priest, it's obviously rubbed off on him. I'm going to enjoy reading the rest of these, they're not perfect by any stretch but I did enjoy it a great deal and it's nice to know Callahan's will always be there when I need it. Very good read.