― An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.– Henry David Thoreau ∙ Listening as rain drips from the branches of my pear tree, I hear the morning birds call to me chirpily. I wake from my night's sleep and step into some clothes, walk downstairs and turn on the kettle to boil water. When its done I make tea in my favorite mug, its burnt orange smoothness held easily by my thick, dry hand. Scooting into my old house slippers, I step out my front door and into my morning walk. [...].