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The Pedestrian - Weston - book reproduction


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Walking Into Love - Tweit
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Sunday, 10 May 2009 15:59
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Adapted from "Walking Nature Home, A Life's Journey," published by University of Texas Press, 2009.

By Susan J. Tweit

I'm a step-mother: I married my daughter when she was four. I never imagined having kids, but I ended up raising my husband Richard's daughter, Molly.

It wasn't easy. Think of the term "blended family," and then envision what happens when you turn the blender on. It's not a pretty picture.

In the first year of our household, it often seemed like her father and Molly were allied against me. Sometimes I felt like Molly hated me; other times I was afraid I hated her.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June 2009 11:36
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Mom's Apple Pie - Tate
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Sunday, 10 May 2009 14:47

model-tExcerpt 3 of "Walkin' on the Happy Side of Misery" by J.R. Tate, also known as "Model T."  Retired Marine, author of two hiking books and 4-time Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker, Model T beguiles readers and auduences with witty accounts of hiking lore.  Links:  you can order "Walkin' on the Happy Side of Misery" or "Walkin' with the Ghost Whisperers" at Model T's website, or support Wiki-Walk by searching the titles here.

Jiminy H. Jasper! What had we wandered into? A homespun Georgia militia group? Or possibly a local skinhead outfit aching to have some early morning practice with a lonely hiker dude? "Damnation," J.R. croaked, "who did you piss off?" but I didn't have time to think about it. Without so much as a whisper, the assault force surrounded me. I screwed my eyes shut, hunched my shoulders and clenched my teeth, and waited for a gun to poke my ribs or handcuffs to be slapped on, or worse! 

Nothing happened! After what seemed like a lifetime, I squinted through half-closed lids. My "captors" had flopped on their bellies and were spread out in a large circle that encompassed the trucks, the vehicles, and my tree. Their rifles pointed outward, threatening, defending against some invisible enemy. And we were right in the middle of their mischief!

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2009 15:07
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Don't Shoot! - Tate
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Sunday, 10 May 2009 14:37

model-tExcerpt 2 of "Walkin' on the Happy Side of Misery" by J.R. Tate, also known as "Model T."  Retired Marine, author of two hiking books and 4-time Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker, Model T beguiles readers and auduences with witty accounts of hiking lore.  Links:  you can order "Walkin' on the Happy Side of Misery" or "Walkin' with the Ghost Whisperers" at Model T's website, or support Wiki-Walk by searching the titles here.

Whether the journey lasts only a mile or ends atop Mt. Katahdin, each day lays up a storehouse of memories-some good, some bad, and some just plain nonsense. For example:

I slowly came awake and stretched, carefully easing into the protesting muscles as I tuned in to the outside world and strained to pick up any indication of feisty weather, but all seemed quiet. I checked the time-6:30. A lot better than yesterday! No use lying here any longer, for I had to pee; plus, I could hardly wait to see if Horseman's curse had disappeared. "Up and at'em, Marine. The day's awastin'." I crawled out of the bag and stuck my head out of the tent into the frosty dawn, which vacillated between light and dark as high cirrus bands played tag with the sun. Night unfinished, or day beginning? A solitary ray pushed through the wispy veil and painted a narrow swatch of gold on the forest floor. Promising!

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2009 15:13
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An Exodus Takes Place - Tate
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Sunday, 10 May 2009 08:02
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Excerpt 1 of "Walkin' on the Happy Side of Misery" by J.R. Tate, also known as "Model T."  Retired Marine, author of two hiking books and 4-time Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker, Model T beguiles readers and auduences with witty accounts of hiking lore.  Links:  you can order "Walkin' on the Happy Side of Misery" or "Walkin' with the Ghost Whisperers" at Model T's website, or support Wiki-Walk by searching the titles here.

Thru-hikers (those human critters who put on a pack and hike from one end of whatever trail has caught their fancy to the other end in a single hiking season) are admittedly a breed unto themselves. For example, I'm an alter ego by name of Model-T. Sadly, my psyche is duct taped to a staid, boring retired Marine, J.R. I soar into the heavens with the most daring of God's winged creatures; J.R. wears holes in couches and is almost deaf from listening to classical slop. But back to the business at hand. Consider this:

In early spring each year, an exodus takes place in this country. A cross section of humankind makes its way, singly or by two's or three's, to an isolated mountaintop in northeast Georgia. These sojourners-weird-looking creatures burdened with huge loads and wearing strange garments-are linked by their appearance and behavior. The connection? They share a common purpose: to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia's Springer Mountain to Mount Katahdin in Maine in a single season. These creatures call themselves "thru-hikers".

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2009 08:51
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