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Archive for June, 2016

There was an article in yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch, Story-time hero at Whetstone library retires after 3,000 readings. The long-time story-time librarian (and assistant manager) at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Sam Pathy, is retiring today.

And you’ll never guess what was in the cover photo.

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Central Ohio is probably not the best place to be located if you are trying to get in shape for hiking or backpacking somewhere with mountains. But I do have a favorite place to do as much as I can.

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Saturday Comic

This comic appeared about a week ago.

Red and Rover is always a go-to comic for bare feet. After all, it is set in the 1960s when lots and lots of kids went barefoot all summer long.

And when school lets out . . .

Red and Rover, June 15, 2016

Red and Rover, June 15, 2016

 

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Lately I’ve been doing a fair bit of walking (I really can’t call it “hiking” in good conscience) at another local Metro Park, Blacklick Woods. It’s not particularly challenging in the usual sense: it’s quite flat, unlike the trails about an hour away in southeastern Ohio.

But it is challenging in a different way.

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Saturday Comic

Last week I introduced you to the comic strip Wallace the Brave. This week I’ll show the follow-on strip. It appeared June 10, 2016.

Wallace the Brave, June 10, 2016

Wallace the Brave, June 10, 2016

The thing is, if we believe all of the other, older strips I’ve shown (and we should!), his old shoes won’t fit him by the time school starts back up anyways.

 

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Tar Hollow Re-Route

I don’t go hiking at Tar Hollow all that often—nothing against it; there are just other parks closer to me. But I was there last week only to discover that my maps were having a bit of trouble directing me.

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Indian Wisdom

Indian Country Today had an article yesterday about Santee Sioux doctor and educator on ethnohistory Dr. Charles Eastman, entitled Dr. Charles Eastman Offered Up Wisdom On Wellness. The story is based on his 1921 article, “What Can the Out of Doors Do For Our Children?”

We (but particularly barefooters) are beginning to realize how important exposure to the outdoors is to our well-being. Here’s just one article, Health Benefits of Being Outdoors, extolling the virtues of “Vitamin N” (for Nature).

But so often Native Americans were there long before the fads.

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