I have never been drawn to town or city living, preferring nature and space for reflection in my home environment. Our new home is quite close to downtown West Asheville, however, and I have been loving being able to walk to the supermarket and various cafes and restaurants. The walk is a treat in itself, especially as June is more easily convinced to walk with me if we have a destination than just walking for walking’s sake. Not having to strap ourselves in to a hunk of metal, glass, and rubber to get somewhere is a release of stress on the psyche. It makes me feel more intentional and present-focused, being aware of what my own body and bags can carry and require. Not having to find parking is an added bonus.