The Art of the Stroll

Gracy Olmstead

Most of us live in a world of interiors, separated from the places where we live. Our walks are usually quantitative: we have somewhere to go, or “we gauge our progress by three miles completed, 500 calories burned, 10,000 steps taken.” Writer Gracy Olmstead asks what would happen if our walks were more like “rituals of commitment,” forming us into better lovers of the places we call home?

Olmstead remembers rich walks with her grandfather, whose walks became a deeply attentive "process of taking in—and, when I was with him, sharing—a series of histories and truths, anecdotes and memories.” He raised the stroll to an art form.

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