A Walk to Remember II
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Monday, 30 November 2009 00:00

A Walk to Remember, Part II

Part I describes Charles Pickles, an independent thinker who brightened the life of everyone around him.  This young man helped others overcome their fears, to surmount obstacles in their lives.  Yet his own life ended abruptly when he fell off a skateboard. It seemed cruel that a young man with such potential, who was making such a difference, was taken away.
Link to: A Walk to Remember, Part I

Charles Pickles

The narrative of this true life story has three parts:

Part I states the conflict that could happen to anybody, the sudden loss of a loved one.

Part II contains the resolution, the transformation of that conflict into a positive outcome.  It tells the walking of El Camino Santiago de Compostela, one of the oldest footpaths in the world.

Part III lies in the future, which is yet to be written.


Turn the page to Walking in the Valley, for an account of Diane Bondi-Pickles' first steps after the accident.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 August 2010 11:01
A Walk to Remember
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Saturday, 17 October 2009 06:22

Charles PicklesA Walk to Remember, Part I

"Charles, you left the car running in the driveway."

According to Diane, her son Charles was known for his playful pranks and antics. They could be annoying if you weren't in the mood for them. Now Charles was ambling around the house with a dreamy look on his face.

"Charles, what did you leave the car running in the driveway for?"

Last Updated on Friday, 11 December 2009 13:44
'Ol Man River - Horseman
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Sunday, 19 April 2009 13:48

A18-horseman-2-smGreat American Adventure -- Taking on 'Ol Man River

In 1990, a year after thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Noel DeCavalcante, the Singing Horseman, canoed the mighty Mississippi River. In completing that quest, he is believed to be the first person ever to canoe the entire river from its origin in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico.

We begin with his thoughts comparing the two adventures. After that is his account of the daunting challenges and extreme danger of tackling "that monstrous big river." This article first appeared in the Penn Stater, the alumni magazine of the Pennsylvania State University, in the September/October 1991 issue. Reprinted with permission of the author and the Penn Stater.

A lifelong canoeist and outdoorsman, Noel acquired the trail name of the Singing Horseman early in his 1989 A.T. hike when a fellow hiker offered that translation of his Italian last name. During Noel's two year adventure, he was able to talk with Jim Adams who did a reverse trip: canoeing down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers while Noel was hiking and then hiking the A.T. while Noel was on the Mississippi.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2009 20:17
Home to Kathmandu - Alterman
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Sunday, 19 April 2009 12:41

Dan AltermanComing Home Again: the Nepali Fairyland Revisited 

Dan Alterman had trekked in Nepal when he was in his 30s. He'd had a wonderful trip and now, 32 years later, he wanted to see if he could share the experience this year with his wife and grown up sons and have them take away a similar powerful impression. He also shares with us tips for trekking in Nepal. For the last 40 years he has been a civil rights lawyer  in downtown Manhattan and is now with a firm he founded,  Alterman & Boop

Kathmandu in 1977 was a fairyland come true. It was an exotic, spiritual place where Hindus and Buddhists coexisted peacefully amidst stupas (a structure containing Buddhist relics) and temples; drugs were easy to get and almost legal, lodging and food were plentiful and it cost almost nothing to live. It seemed like there were holidays and festivals every day, cows roamed freely in the city and there were plenty of Europeans and Americans to hook up with.

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2009 21:57

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