Great Talks & Great Walks
" To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June." - Jean-Paul Sartre.
Start with a Talk
Book of the Month
If you’ve been looking for more ways to move more, we are launching a free walking group that will promote mind and body health.
Next Take A Walk
Our group will meet for a 15–minute discussion of a pre-assigned eBook. Then, we will complete a 45-minute walk. Walking is extremely accessible for all ages and fitness level abilities.
Take A Walk with Luther Vandross
Event #2 - Virtual Walk
Then listen to the Video of Luther and Whitney Houston where Luther Vandross talks to Whitney about his concern over his weight gain. Whitney tells him, “But Luther, they can’t sing.”
Listen to these musical tributes while you dance or walk around your house or home.
Take A Walk with Alice Munro
Event #3 - Virtual Walk
Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature for Short Stories. One reviewer wrote that her short stories are like “dazzling teaspoons that weigh tons.” Munro told the Canadian media: “I knew I was in the running, yes, but I never thought I would win.” Instead of running, try walking and listening to her interview.
After the interview, listen to James Blunt perform at the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize concert.
Take A Walk with Mary Oliver
Event #4 - Virtual Walk
Imagine that you are taking The Morning Walk with the poet as she greets the day and is grateful for all the sounds of nature that she encounters. I am grateful that I have Mary Oliver as my guide.
This song video by Sting begins with him and his Springer Spaniel walking beside the gates to his barley fields. He reminds us of the West Wind and that love never dies. We remember the beauty of that love and its golden glow "as we walk in Fields Of Gold ..
Take A Walk with Hank Aaron
Event #5 - Virtual Walk
Walking with Hank Aarron
Listen to the baseball legend Hank Aaron speak about his career and what he did to overcome the hatred and racism to become one of the greatest homerun kings of all time with 755 homerun hits. In addition to being a great right fielder, his legacy is his strength and commitment as a civil rights hero. He definitely had "diamonds on the soles of his shoes" as he ran around the baseball diamond.
Read about his life in the book Heroes with Humble Beginnings.
Listen to Paul Simon and the 13-member a cappella vocal group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, sing together on the song Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes . "That’s one way to lose these walking blues."
Walking with Gail Honeyman
Event #6 - Virtual Walk
Companionship is important, but finding the right person is difficult after years of loneliness. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, after months of lockdown and shelter-in place orders, "experts worry about a rise in the number of people feeling alone, especially among young people and older adults."
Loneliness is also difficult after romantic break-ups, divorce, and loss of friendship. Listen to Gail Honeyman describe her novel: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. Her book teaches us that small acts of kindness can help strangers and reduce our own loneliness.
Jackson Browne wrote the song These Days (51:32 - 56:38) when he was a teenager. Originally it was entitled, I've Been Out Walking . The fact that Jackson still sings this song as an adult, probably represents his small act of kindness to share with others.