Category Archives: Walking

Lee Slonimsky Walks Woodstock To Write Poems

(When Lee Slonimsky told me that commutes from his home across the Hudson River to Woodstock simply to walk our roads and write poems, I wanted to know more. He has written a guest blog. He recently published a thriller … Continue reading

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The Pocket Guide to Woodstock on WAMC

For the first (and perhaps only) time, The Pocket Guide to Woodstock has been reviewed between Haruki Murakami and Greg Allman. That’s quite a match up. But that’s Woodstock. Listen to Jackie Kellachan’s enthusiastic roundup of summer books on WAMC’s … Continue reading

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Carol Zaloom Gets a Website

(Carol Zaloom has done a wonderful cover illustration for The Pocket Guide to Woodstock, as she did for Walking Woodstock: Journeys into the Wild Heart of America’s Most Famous Small Town. And who is Carol Zaloom? Read on!) Has the … Continue reading

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Hudson Gorge Panorama: Hiking Breakneck Ridge

(Here’s an expanded version of “Hudson Gorge Panorama: Hiking Breakneck Ridge,” the cover story for the July/August 2011 issue of Adirondac, published by the Adirondack Mountain Club.) Twenty years ago, when I lived on East 47th Street in a six … Continue reading

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A “Walking Woodstock” Classic: The Founding of Modern Woodstock

(A “Walking Woodstock” column published in the September 29, 2011 Woodstock Times.) If we think of modern Woodstock as the Colony of the Arts, the description promoted by the Chamber of Commerce to emphasize our hundred year history of fine … Continue reading

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From “Walking” by Henry David Thoreau

I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks,—who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering: which word is beautifully derived from … Continue reading

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From “Footpaths” by John Burroughs

It is not walking merely, it is keeping yourself in tune for a walk, in a spiritual and bodily condition in which you can find entertainment and exhilaration in so simple and natural a pastime. You are eligible to any … Continue reading

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The Philosophy of Walking, by John Cowper Powys

(Have you heard of John Cowper Powys? Neither had I, until Michael Perkins treated me to A Philosophy of Solitude published by Powys in 1933. It scintillates with arguments against group thinking. Here’s a passage about walking, sex, and the … Continue reading

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“Walking” By Edward Abbey

(From The Journey Home.) Whenever possible I avoid the practice myself. If God had meant us to walk, he would have kept us down on all fours, with well-padded paws. He would have constructed our planet on the model of … Continue reading

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“Peonies” by Debbie Millman

(The Phoenicia Pharmacy window, an eclectic gallery that ranges from a Three Stooges photo to a forgotten film developing sign, displays a chalkboard filled with hand-chalked print that begins, “When I was a little girl, visiting my father’s pharmacy was … Continue reading

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