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A few folks have asked about the “donate to charities” section on this blog.  I’ll start with WalkBoston.  As a card carrying pedestrian living in a part of the U.S. that is fairly well networked with buses, trains, etc, I thought I knew all I needed to know about transportation.  But after becoming involved with this Massachusetts nonprofit I have come to learn a great deal more about the benefits of pedestrian access for individuals of all physical abilities,  and of the necessity to understand and advocate for certain transportation infrastructures.

As someone with no sense of direction (my mother used to say I could get lost in a paper bag), I have also come to rely upon the organization’s lovely timed walking maps that are freely accessible online:   timed walking maps.  With map in hand, I’ve gotten into conversations with strangers on the streets of Boston, and its helped me (a shy person, honest) say to someone, let’s go for a walk and investigate these sights.  These images are the sights I “investigated” in Boston’s Back Bay this past Friday.

The older I get, for reasons as varied as terrorism to back pain, I recognize that walking beneath the quiet of  tree branches in a city or on a mountain top is a gift.  I hope I never take walking in Boston, or in any other area, for granted again.

If you’re in the Massachusetts area and you’d like to learn more about WalkBoston, you can visit the website here.  Meanwhile, enjoy the day. 😉

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Have you read Ray Bradbury’s The Pedestrian?  I had not until today.  Out loud.  Quite moving.  Amazing how some stories remain timeless, isn’t it? I also chanced upon the following video, a six minute and forty-four second student production based on the 1951 short story.  The dialogue is in German but if you do not speak German, I think the scenery and music are powerful enough.   See what you think when you have a chance.

The original short story:  The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury

The YouTube video: http://youtu.be/t3qZsXStnlw

The Wiki summary (with some quotes by Bradbury): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pedestrian

 

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