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Writing & art about walking wanted for new zine

May 24, 2016


Writer/artist/teacher/walker Rebecca Fish Ewan just launched a new zine about one of my favorite subjects: walking! I was pleased and honored to have two of my barefootin’ poems–with images–included in issue one: “These Rocks” and “Grand Canyon Hiking Friends.” (And she included an image of a bare hiking foot on the cover! Bravo!)



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Issue two is scheduled for this summer . . .  there’s still time to submit your walking-related words & images for consideration; here’s some general info below (but please see the web site for more details).


“GRAPH(feeties) is a blended/hybrid word/image zine focused on telling true stories of walking. Send in up to two pages (or one 2-page spread) of your black and white nonfiction hybrid comics/poetry/cartoons/essays/memoir/whathaveyou on walking.”

In other news: tonight’s my “Adventure After  50” (barefoot at Grand Canyon) Sierra Club presentation . . . I posted some blurbs on various Facebook hiking groups, and one of my canyon friends posted this lovely photo this morning in reply:


Thanks, Pam L.! We had a fun week down at the bottom of the canyon last month with a group from the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute . . . this photo brought back lots of good memories (and I love the contrast between “crampons recommended” and our footwear of choice on that ice-free day).

I’m looking forward to sharing barefoot stories and Grand Canyon photos in hopes of inspiring more folks to try something/somewhere new. Life is all about learning, and I continue to appreciate that (including learning that it’s pretty easy to crack a rib climbing a wall during parkour class if you’re 56 and have osteoporosis. . . but that’s a story for another day).

Here’s some recent-local-spring-wandering images which bring to mind Oscar Wilde’s famously mundane quote: “The weather still continues charming.”

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Clouds and sun highlight the red dirt and green native shrubs of the Lomas de Santiago (foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, my barefoot playground.)

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Silhouettes of black sage “seed pods” shine along with glowing stalks of our California state grass, purple needlegrass.


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The prickly pear bloom this year: flowerific!

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Uh oh . . . Mr. Gopher Snake was enjoying the warm trail dirt until I came along and asked him to re-consider his position: in harm’s way from wheeled beasts.

Safe wandering!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. The Winged Ling permalink
    May 24, 2016 11:53 am

    Awww. Little snake.

  2. Gina permalink
    May 24, 2016 11:06 am

    Beautiful shots, Thea. You make Orange County look good.

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