Maria Kalman on walking

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.


2 thoughts on “Maria Kalman on walking

  1. That was a lovely video. I plan on walking to work this year as I found a house right near the high school where I teach. My mom walks every evening with another woman down the street and even when she’s alone she says she needs the serenity of those days. I can’t wait to add walking to my day. Plus, I love LOVE Maira Kalman.

    • I think that walking with a friend or just walking to get from point a to point b are wonderful parts of the day. You’re connected to the world in way that you just aren’t when you’re in a car. I hope you enjoy walking to work – despite whatever weather comes your way! And I can’t agree more about Kalman!

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