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Walking: Top Essays | Henry David Thoreau
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I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil—to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society. I wish to make an extreme statement, if so I may make an emphatic one, for there are enough champions of civilization: the minister and the school committee and every one of you will take care of that. 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 idle people who roved about the country, in the Middle Ages, and asked charity, under pretense of going a la Sainte Terre," to the Holy Land, till the children exclaimed, "There goes a Sainte-Terrer," a Saunterer, a Holy-Lander. They who never go to the Holy Land in their walks, as they pretend, are indeed mere idlers and vagabonds; but they who do go there are saunterers in the good sense, such as I mean. Some, however, would derive the word from sans terre without land or a home, which, therefore, in the good sense, will mean, having no particular home, but equally at home everywhere. For this is the secret of successful sauntering. He who sits still in a house all the time may be the greatest vagrant of all; but the saunterer, in the good sense, is no more vagrant than the meandering river, which is all the while sedulously seeking the shortest course to the sea. But I prefer the first, which, indeed, is the most probable derivation. For every walk is a sort of crusade, preached by some Peter the Hermit in us, to go forth and reconquer this Holy Land from the hands of the Infidels. It is true, we are but faint-hearted crusaders, even the walkers, nowadays, who undertake no persevering, never-ending enterprises. Our expeditions are but tours, and come round again at evening to the old hearth-side from which we set out. Half the walk is but retracing our steps. We should go forth on the shortest walk, perchance, in the spirit of undying adventure, never to return—prepared to send back our embalmed hearts only as relics to our desolate kingdoms. If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again—if you have paid your debts, and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are a free man—then you are ready for a walk....
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Lynnsoprano
Walking: Top Essays | Henry David Thoreau
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#Litsywalkers it‘s a mile to the nearest Dunkin‘ Donuts and it was a perfect morning, so we walked there for coffee-no donut for me😄-and then home. The best part was walking past this fragrant jasmine. I wish my photo could carry the scent.

Lizpixie I think this is actually Murraya, also called “mock orange” here in Australia. I have two huge ones in my front yard & next door has two on our fence line. When they‘re all in flower, the scent is almost overpowering!🌿 1w
Lynnsoprano @Lizpixie Here it is known as orange jasmine, but it is Murraya. I wish we had one in our yard! 1w
Lizpixie You should plant one, I love cutting a bunch of outer branches when it‘s in flower and putting them in a large vase. The whole house smells amazing. They‘re very easy to grow, you can use them as hedges and they can handle being cut right back. My hubby hacked one of ours almost to the ground because it was blocking the electricity box, it‘s now over 8 feet tall again! 1w
Lynnsoprano @Lizpixie Hubby informed me that it‘s an alternate host for the bacteria that cause citrus greening, a disease that is threatening the Florida citrus industry. He should know, he‘s a plant pathologist. So I guess that‘s a no on the idea of planting any. 1w
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Lynnsoprano
Walking: Top Essays | Henry David Thoreau
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#Litsywalkers I‘ve really gotten off schedule and haven‘t done enough walking lately. But we went out after church today, and I saw this strangler fig wrapping itself around a tree as we were walking by. They usually end up killing the host tree, but use the trunk as a support even after it‘s dead. You just never know what interesting plants you‘ll see around here😄

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Walking: Top Essays | Henry David Thoreau
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#Litsywalkers The plan was to skip a walk today and play pickle ball instead. But because there‘s no school today, the boys and girls club gym where we play was in use. So, even though rain was threatening and we carried umbrellas, we ended up taking a nice, long walk. Bonus, the sun came out as we neared home.

AmyG How beautiful. 1mo
Lynnsoprano @AmyG It‘s a desert rose I have in a pot near the front door. I forgot to take pictures while we were walking. 1mo
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Lynnsoprano
Walking: Top Essays | Henry David Thoreau
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#litsywalkers I‘ve been told that Barbados cherry has more vitamin C per gram than citrus, but I‘d never tasted it. When we passed some bushes with ripe fruit on our walk yesterday, I decided to try one. I think I‘ll stick with citrus 😂

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Lynnsoprano
Walking: Top Essays | Henry David Thoreau
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I have been a bad #litsywalker lately. Life threw me a major curveball recently, and I‘m slow to adjust. But hubby and I got out for a long walk today, and it was just what I needed. The ibises were out, too, although it was a small group. It‘s common to see dozens in our yard at a time. Don‘t know why, hubby started referring to them as the bourgeoisie years ago, and I can‘t think of them any other way😂

Samplergal I love them. We live on a lake and have so many plus ducks and some turtles. We have new ducklings this week. ❤️❤️ 1mo
CarolynM Hope you've got a good swing at that curveball now😉😘 1mo
Cathythoughts Those curveballs are really something ... hope your ok 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Lynnsoprano @CarolynM @Cathythoughts Thank you 🙏 I‘m doing okay, but an unexpected major life change. I wish I could talk about it more because of the support from this wonderful community. But it involves another Litten who wants to keep things quiet right now. Thanks for your concern 😘 1mo
Crazeedi @Lynnsoprano you and your life change are in my heart today Lynn. Just know you are loved❤😘 1mo
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Lynnsoprano
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Normally, it‘s just a short walk on Sunday afternoon after we get home from church. But I needed something from the pharmacy, which is about a mile away. So we decided to walk there and back. A hot day, but there was a decent breeze, and I spotted this beauty. #litsywalkers

Crazeedi Lovely!❤️ 3mo
Dragon Gorgeous colour 🌸 3mo
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Lynnsoprano
Walking: Top Essays | Henry David Thoreau
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#litsywalkers For all the visits we make to our son in the Orlando area, we had never visited Wekiwa Springs State Park, which is 15 minutes from their house. Beautiful walking trails, and the spring is a gorgeous swimming hole. I wish we‘d had our swimsuits. Did 2+ miles of trails, and can‘t wait to come back.

mrsmarch Wahhh...that‘s on the opposite side of Orlando from my in-laws‘ condo! And I don‘t wander very far afield. 3mo
Lynnsoprano @mrsmarch I understand. We hate driving in Orlando. Sometimes we‘ll stop at or near “the attractions “ on our way, since we‘re coming from the south. Basically, we go to the same places because we know how to get there and back to our son‘s place. 3mo
mrsmarch @Lynnsoprano Their condo is just outside WDW AK off that main road, whatever it is. I go to the nearest Publix and the big Target. Last time I went as far as Celebration. That‘s it. Driving from the airport gives me the heebies. 3mo
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Lynnsoprano
Walking: Top Essays | Henry David Thoreau
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#Litsywalkers The part of my master gardener training that I had the most trouble with was plant identification. I‘m not getting any better at it. We saw this red flower and the plant it‘s on growing among a hedge plant we know as we walked this morning, but neither of us know what it is. Time to hit the reference books 😄

CocoReads It‘s pretty though 3mo
squirrelbrain There‘s an app I use (in the UK, so not sure if it‘s available elsewhere but it worked for me in France!) called PlantNet. You take a picture on your phone and it consults it‘s database in a few seconds and (usually) comes back with an answer! It‘s worked on leaves for me too when there weren‘t any flowers to take a pic of. 3mo
Lynnsoprano @squirrelbrain Thanks! I will have to check that out. Hubby tried something like that a few years ago that didn‘t really work for him, so he deleted it. Pretty sure it was different. Sometimes our tropical plants don‘t make it into databases. But it‘s definitely worth a try. 3mo
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Crazeedi @Lynnsoprano looks like an azalea or maybe rhododendron family, the flower looks like a azalea , but the leaves look rhododendron . I'm assuming the flower is on the wider leafed plant (edited) 3mo
Lynnsoprano @Crazeedi My first guess was a salvia, and we‘re pretty sure that‘s what it is: tropical sage. Nothing in the rhododendron family grows here, we can only grow azaleas in pots, because our soil is very alkaline. 3mo
Crazeedi @Lynnsoprano very interesting , the leaves in whorls sure do look like rhododendron , that's interesting. We are so very acidic that rhodies and azaleas and hydrangeas and blueberries etc love it here!!! We lime our garden soil! 3mo
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Lynnsoprano
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#Litsywalkers I wasn‘t sure I‘d get a chance to walk today. I spent most all morning and half the afternoon at our local high school, working with the the choirs in preparation for their performance assessment next week. It was cloudy and threatening when I got home, but we got out for a short walk before the rain came. We also did our civic duty and pulled some coconuts out of the street.

Kaye Good job. 👍🏼. It‘d be strange living where there are coconuts in the streets. All we get off our trees here are leaves in the fall, or acorns and pine cones. 3mo
Crazeedi Hi lynn! Hope you have a great week! 3mo
Lynnsoprano @Crazeedi Hi, Diane! How are you doing? Are you getting around okay yet? 3mo
Crazeedi @Lynnsoprano yep! Doing much better! Just have to get my leg strong again. 😊 3mo
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Lynnsoprano
Walking: Top Essays | Henry David Thoreau
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#litsywalkers It was the perfect morning for a walk: sunny, breezy,low 70s. Did about 2 miles, then pulled some weeds in the yard. One disadvantage of walking with my plant pathologist hubby is that we tend to stop to look at diseased plants. My pictures, though, are of healthy ones😂 I couldn‘t resist this huge staghorn fern.

DivineDiana That is quite a spectacular plant! 3mo
Freespirit Lovely💕 3mo
Crazeedi Awesome! 3mo
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Lynnsoprano
Walking: Top Essays | Henry David Thoreau
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#Litsywalkers We are setting record high temperatures in South Florida this week, but hubby and I still did a bit over two miles this morning. It would have been nice to get out early, but I had a very early doctor appointment with fasting blood work, so our walk waited until after we had grabbed coffee and bagels. The plant is called a starburst, and is one that I enjoy seeing but would never plant in our yard.

Cathythoughts Lovely 💕💕💕 3mo
sammisho That weather sounds amazing. We are gearing up for ANOTHER snow storm in kansas city 3mo
Kaye Beautiful 💖. Enjoy the weather. 3mo
Mommamanzi They are everywhere up here in Orlando in full bloom, it‘s so beautiful. My sinuses however are NOT happy! 3mo
Lynnsoprano @Mommamanzi They‘re gorgeous, but the plants spread and get out of control really easily. Sorry about your sinuses. I‘m seeing the ENT tomorrow about mine, but I think it‘s chronic sinus infection hanging on after catching darling granddaughter‘s cold😄 3mo
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Lynnsoprano
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#litsywalkers It seems as if something has gotten in the way of my walking every day this week. At least we got out for a short walk this afternoon. And I found this cocoplum that is beginning to fruit.

Kaye Looks great to see green leaves again ! 3mo
Wife 🌹 3mo
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JoeStalksBeck
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My daughter and I out walking and discovering nature

SusanInTiburon Keeper! 3y
Gezemice Beautiful! Great way to spend time together. 3y
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