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You Kneed to be Barefoot

There’s another study out on what most shoes do to feet, and specifically the stress that gets transmitted to the knees. Najia Shakoor, who’s been the lead investigator on other similar studies, Walking barefoot decreases loading on the lower extremity joints in knee osteoarthritis, and Effects of common footwear on joint loading in osteoarthritis of the knee, is also the lead investigator on this one.

It shows that training in what they call “mobility shoes” (designed to mimic barefoot walking) can lessen the stress on the knees even when regular shoes are then worn.

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How Judges Cheat – Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I reposted an example of how judges cheat by simply ignoring what the law says, and not following the rules of judicial construction. Today I’m going to give examples from my own cases that show a way of cheating that never shows up in the published opinions. Unless you are able to read the briefs of the case, there is no way to know what the court’s opinion left out (though sometimes you can find that if a dissent is written).

I lost my appeal in my lawsuit against the Fairfield County District Library, with the opinion being issued on December 14, 2011.

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I’ve written before about how I play tennis barefoot. But I’ve also written about how, while barefoot hiking builds up the soles, barefoot tennis tends to wear it down.

So, what ought I do when I’m preparing for a hiking trip?

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Make Like a Tree . . . And Leaf

Yesterday, of course, was Earth Day. So I spent most of my day in direct sole-to-soul contact with the Earth. (And, if truth be told, a bit of time in butt-to-butte contact during a rest break.)

It was an 8-mile barefoot hike at Tar Hollow.

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I Like the Unpath Best

When I wrote about The Old Ways, by Robert MacFarlane, it included a small bit from Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain.

I thought I’d write some more about her book.

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Here’s a story from the summer of 1943.

It was apparantly quite popular as filler since it was picked up by quite a few newspapers at the time.

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I made my way out to Alley Park on Wednesday.

Spring has Sprung, the Grass is Ris. I wonder where the Flowers Is.

Well, there they were.

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