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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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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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10,000 BC

There’s a new “reality show” across the big pond called 10,000 BC. The premise is that they transport 20 people back 12,000 years to see how they survive.

It’s the usual mash-up of drama and ignorance.

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On the Train

Let’s set the Wayback Machine to 1892. Here we’re going to see the beginnings of the urban/rural divide in regards to barefooting.

I suspect that’s where it all started.

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Child Custody

What do you think might happen if one spouse in a child custody battle used the fact that the other spouse allowed the child to go barefoot to try to regain custody?

What do you think might happen in a child custody battle if the spouse with custody allowed the child to go barefoot, and the other spouse tried to use that fact to regain custody? Well we know the answer for one specific case.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t tell us much about what would happen today because it happened back in 1939.

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John Wesley’s Barefoot Story

Here’s a story about John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church. It was told by one of his followers, Thomas Rutherford, in the 1808 edition of Methodist Magazine.

The event related occurred in 1736 or 1737, but was told to Ruthorford by Wesley in 1776, in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“Old Main” in Cincinnati

Regular readers know I have this thing about libraries. They tend to be the one governmental function that has taken it upon themselves to deny their taxpayers access for spurious reasons: visiting barefoot. Even worse, you’d think a place dedicated to providing access to learning would make an effort to learn something themselves, but instead, when challenged, they double down.

So, here’s a short look at one library’s change in accepting bare feet.

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