When I moved to the U.S., my aunt gave me this wonderful book called And the Pursuit of Happiness by artist and writer Maria Kalman. The book is a delightful tour through American political history. Kalman has also illustrated Michael Pollan’s book, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (see video overview here). I have this magazine cover on my bulletin board at work and every time I look at it it makes me smile – a colourful bird perched on a woman’s head – how sweet! I just love her work.
I also really love walking. One of my all-time favourite books is called Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit. The importance of active transportation for the health of the environment, our communities and our own well-being cannot be overstated. Anyone who has lived in a walkable community knows the enjoyment of walking as a regular part of your daily life. Here in Geneva, I belong to a walking group, which has been a great excuse to get outside and meet my neighbours.
In this short little video below, Kalman discusses thinking and feeling and the connection to walking. Enjoy!
By the way, I came across this video in the Brain Pickings newsletter.