Also of local interest…
As you may have noticed, I’ve started a little collection of Massachusetts-related links in the sidebar. My latest discovery — A Walk Across Massachusetts — comes a little late in the game. B. J. Hill (a 30-year-old special-ed teacher who seems like a really cool guy), has already completed his walk from the New York border to the tip of Cape Cod. B. J. finished last fall. He started out just wanting to walk across the state to get to know the place better, much the way he walked across Mexico when he was in college.
Then, as B. J. tells it: “after being invited to a town meeting in Charlemont, I found a mission. The selectmen were complaining to their state representative that the governor doesn’t seem to understand life out in rural Massachusetts. It felt like they were a million miles away from Beacon Hill.” B. J. added a notebook to his backpack and started collecting messages from the people of Massachusetts, with plans to present them to the yet-to-be-elected governor.
Although the walk is done, the blog is still worth a look. The pictures he took along the way are excellent, and, yes, there’s one from the Mexico walk, too. (He got a much better tan that time!) Also, the most exciting part is yet to come — newly sworn-in governor Deval Patrick has agreed to meet with B. J. and collect the notebook! I can’t wait to read the writeup of that meeting!