Mary: Writer, Painter, System-fighter, Humorist. This description was written by someone else but I thought it was just about the sweetest thing anyone has ever said about me.
I stole the name “Lighthearted and Afoot” from Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road”:
Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.
The earth, that is sufficient,
I do not want the constellations any nearer,
I know they are very well where they are,
I know they suffice for those who belong to them.
(Still here I carry my old delicious burdens,
I carry them, men and women, I carry them with me wherever I go,
I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them,
I am fill’d with them, and I will fill them in return.)
To be Lighthearted & Afoot is both an aspiration of mine and a description of the times in my life when I have been happiest. I like to write stories about the places I go and the people I know, and these stories are “my old delicious burdens…with me wherever I go, I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them.” So I’ll put them here.