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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller


In the noise and busy-ness of today’s pace, there are times when we just need to take a break. Do it. Put on your shoes, sling wide the door, let the light shine on your face and start walking. One foot in front of the other. One step at a time. Share it with a walking partner. Walk alone. Meet up with a group and walk. Be kind to yourself.

It’s All About Joy

Why Walk?

The short answer is because it feels good to get outside.

I’m not talking about walking on a treadmill inside. This is an option, of course. A treadmill is good for exercise and I don’t mean to stick up my nose at it (well, I am) but part of the rich value of walking is being outside.

You might only walk around your neighborhood, but nature is always there with you. Birds are there or someone passes by and says, “Hi,” or flowers are blooming or, oh, I don’t know. There’s so many different possibilities of what might be a treat for you on that day.  And you wouldn’t get this treat if you were on your

Serendipitous Outdoor Moments

Walking outdoors offers so many serendipitous moments. Little things that we often pass by without noticing. The tiny busy bird feeding its babies, a cat stalking prey, a hawk fluttering in one position as it looks down on a mouse, glittering green grass moving to the rhythm of the wind, a single gorgeous white feather in the sand…

On one morning’s walk I looked up to see – Beautiful, enormous sunflower at roads edge.  There you are, graceful and elegant at 8 feet tall, with a face 2 feet in diameter and a stalk about 2 inches thick.  Seeds, dark in their pods, delicately fringed with yellow petals, shining bright around the face.  So pretty, so precious, so big… You are a well-tended, well-loved sunflower.  Alongside the stalk is a bamboo stake with a padded rest gently holding beneath the head, tenderly cradling this lovely creature.

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Walking Shoes but Were Afraid to Ask

For advice about walking shoes, we went to Holly Wick, owner of Athletic Soles in Petaluma, CA. Does Holly (and her staff) ever know about shoes!  Here’s the scoop on walking shoes —


WW: What is the difference between a walking shoe and a running shoe?

HW: Most podiatrists recommend a “running” shoe over a “walking shoe.” The reason is, walking shoes don’t generally specify foot type so it’s one type for all. Running shoes however do specialize and come in neutral for under-pronators (foot falls to outside) and stability (over pronators foot falls to inside).  Don’t look at the heel