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Sigh.

Yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch contained a short editorial in which they weighed in against allowing bare feet in the Statehouse.

Here it is:

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Arlo & Janis

This is a rerun from about six months ago of one of my favorite comics.

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Ricky Nelson’s “Barefoot Boy”

Today, just a little musical interlude:

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Elias Lönnrot was a Finnish doctor. However, he is best known for collecting Finnish folk tales during the mid-1800s and producing the Kalevala. The Kalevala is considered the national epic of Finland (kind of like the Sagas of Iceland).

So, why would I include Lönnrot here?

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Bare Feet in Scandinavia

Scandinavia is not the sort of place that you usually associate with bare feet. Being so far north would tend to suggest that, historically, folks would be shod all of the time.

But it turns out that their history of going barefoot isn’t much different than what we’ve seen in a lot of other countries.

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There was a story in the New York Times last week about the relative ineffectiveness of orthotics.

It seems that they often don’t do much.

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Rockbridge

One of the interesting formations in Hocking Hills is Rockbridge. This is a natural rock arch spanning around 95 feet. It is the longest such natural arch in Ohio.

I haven’t been to Rockbridge for quite a while. Usually, if I’m heading into Hocking County I’m looking for a longer hike, so I’ll go elsewhere. However, I’m still paying extra attention to my feet after peeling some of the skin, so, particularly with yesterday’s temperature in the mid- to upper-30s, I thought I’d revisit it.

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