The Art Of Sauntering

Now that my new knee is making real progress, I am spending more time reading Bonnie Whitehouse’s Journal, Afoot and Lighthearted. One of her gems is her page on sauntering and a quote from 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.”

Isn’t sauntering a wonderful word. For me, it invokes an image of walking without destination or purpose. A saunterer isn’t checking his emails or talking to his office through a headset. He is at home in the walk itself.

Bonnie says: “Sauntering is a human art practiced by those who understand that walking can be a way to transcend the humdrum of everyday life by finding a home in our inherent wildness and holiness.

Replacing a knee makes one appreciate the art of walking and especially anxious to return to sauntering. This week make time for a long saunter.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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