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I’m used to seeing barefoot driving stories and discussions from the perspective of living in the United States. Around here, everything seems to be colored by the fact that there are still, despite many articles debunking it over the years, a lot of people who believe that it is illegal to drive barefoot.

So, how are things different in a place like India?

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There have been a smattering of barefoot runners since Abebe Bikila. Of course there is Zola Budd, and I’ve written about Dale Story and Marcus Clarke.

Here’s another one: Worley Stout.

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Saturday Comic

Today’s comic is from a rather new strip that was started just about a year and a half ago. The strip is called Francis, from the National Catholic Reporter, and takes a light-hearted look at being the pope.

The strip below is a double, from a year ago, introducing the pope’s personal assistant and cartoon sidekick, Brother Leo. (I included the first one as part of the set-up; that and it was rather funny.)

February 26-27, 2014

February 26-27, 2014

[Click for larger, more readable version.]

Unfortunately, in later strips Brother Leo is always shown wearing sandals, which I’m afraid is what most Franciscans have gone to (for some unknown reason, to me).

 

Your Feet Are Killing You

Many barefooters are aware of Simon Wikler’s book, “Take Off Your Shoes and Walk”, from 1961. You can even see a bit of it at the Parents for Barefoot Children site.

You may not be aware that he had an even earlier book.

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Ever wish you had a doctor’s excuse that let you go barefoot? Well, Robert Nighswonger did.

Did it work?

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Saturday Comic

On this snowy morning (at least in Ohio), how about a reminder of a summertime barefoot boyhood?

Dennis the Menace, July 6, 2012

Dennis the Menace, July 6, 2012

This is the Dennis the Menace from July 6, 2012.

 

Lincoln’s First Speech

Lincoln is, of course, the quintessential barefoot boy made good. Folks these days make a big deal about his going barefoot, and make it a virtue.

But then these days when many of us try to do it, it’s not seen as a virtue at all.

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