We have been graciously hosted by friends in Golden, for our stay in Colorado. We even have the priviledge of sleeping in the basement, the very same basement where, the great girl band, Valet Park This sometimes rehearses.

My 10-month young grand-nephew took his first steps (barefoot, naturally) yesterday, and his parents are keeping his feet out of shoes as much as practical to prevent shoes from deforming his feet, and also to allow him to use his own sense of touch to help learn how to walk, and eventually run, naturally, smoothly, and gracefully. Maybe without the “advantage” of shoes, he will be able to match the running performance of others in this world, who grew up without the advantage of shoes – like Kenyans and Ethiopians…

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