My WalkClickMake Roadmap for 2021

On a summer walk with Gail, 2020

It is hard to believe that one year ago today, in early March 2020, Gail and I were readying for a trip to France. We were to leave on March 30, arrive in Paris, make our way to the small city of Langres and continue our walk along the Via Francigena pilgrimage route towards Rome for another 550 kilometres.

One year later, and that trip is still on hold with no reasonable expectation that we can resume any sooner than the spring of 2022. While I am eager to get back on the trail—I will be in my seventieth year by then with many long walks still on the waiting list—life at home in Winnipeg has not been one of regrets. In spite of lockdowns and social distancing, my days seemed to overflow with creative exercises and hyper-local diversions. 

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Camino de Santiago

Criss-cross rhythms that explode with happiness.

That’s the translation of Osibisa, the name of a Ghanian music group that debuted in 1971. The phrase is the first ‘lyric’ heard on the first track, The Dawn, on their first album, Osibisa. It has stuck with me over the years and I often find myself involuntarily replaying the song in my mind and repeating that simple phrase: Criss-cross rhythms that explode with happiness. Continue reading