Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Let's Take a Walk #62 for The International Women's Day

Dear Friends 

Thank you so much for joining us on March 8 for Let's Take a Walk #62  in person and via Twitter X @mcayer & Instagram Live @LetstakeaWalk_WorldWe celebrated #InternationalWomensDay. #walkingtogetherapart for #allwomen #withLoveforPeace

This year's Women's Month theme: Invest in Women, Accelerate Progress. Inspiring Inclusion, highlights the significance of diversity and empowerment across all sectors of society.

The Color, purple.

What song or a poem that celebrates All Women and speaks of #womensrights & #EmbraceEquity do you sing or recite?

Let's Take a Walk #62 began in Washington Square Park, on the side of the ephemeral artwork of Felix Morelo, The International Day of Women's Circle. Nearby, musicians were playing, and Kanami Kusajima @Laithairdown was dancing. We walked under the Arch, where The Suffragettes marched for women's rights on March 8, 1857, when female textile workers marched in protest of unfair working conditions and unequal rights for women. It was one of the first organized strikes by working women, during which they called for a shorter workday and decent wages. In addition to the Women's March for Suffrage on October 23, 1915, over 25,000 women marched up Fifth Avenue in New York City to advocate for women's suffrage. At that point, the fight had been ongoing for over 65 years, with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 first passing a resolution favoring women's suffrage. Unfortunately, they wouldn't find success for another five years.

My gratitude to the excellent Storyteller and city guide Erin Donnelly who presented Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in understanding American Art and the founder of The Whitney Museum and so much more. Paul suggested Women Hold Up Half Sky, Tanasha took up the challenge and sang Women Hold Up All the Sky,

Tanasha sang her original song Love is Here accompanied by her mother, Penni. The poet and painter Cheryl Kaplan read Chartless by Emily Dickinson.

As we enter the outstanding New York Studio School on the former site of The Whitney Museum. Walking along 8th Street, we discussed the History of the 8th Street artists, particularly women such as Elaine De Kooning, Lee Krasner, and Joan Mitchell. Their stories are wonderfully told in the book The Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel. Our walk's last stop was at The Jefferson Public Library, formerly The Jefferson Market Courthouse and Women's House of Detention. As Wendy read its history, we learned that Mae West was detained at the Jefferson House of Detention and accused of Obscenity Charges following the Broadway opening of her play Sex. She had to pay a $500.- penalty and served a sentence of 10 days. 

Thank you so much to all for your continuous participation. I want to highlight Wendy Wasdahl, Alvin Eng, and Paul Katz for their long-time support and participation, Laura for recommending The Ninth Street Women, as well as Uli and Estraya from London, who joined us in person. My gratitude goes to people who followed LTAW #62 via Instagram Live, and to everyone who were with us in thought. To see the video of our journey please go to @letstakeawalk_world LTAW#62

Together, as always, we walked for Peace, thinking in particular about the horrendous war taking place in Israel and Palestine. Our thoughts of comfort and wishes for Peace to all. 

#WalkingTogetherApart #withLoveforPeace. 


Chartless by Emily Dickinson.

I never saw a moor,   

I never saw the sea;   

Yet now I know how the heather looks,   

And what a wave must be.   

I never spoke with God,

Nor visited in Heaven;   

Yet certain am I of the spot   

As if the chart were given.




Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Let's Take a Walk #61

Dear Friends.

Let's Take a Walk #61 took place on January 2024, 100 days after the terrible attack on Israel from Hamas, the beginning of the current conflict. The hostages taken by Hamas have yet to be brought back home. Today's event occurred in Central Park, a march to free the hostages.

Walking for peace as participants chanted, "Bring them Home." Marching for Peace and Compassion for all people in Israel and in Palestine.  #WalkingTogetherApart #withLoveforPeace.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Let's Take a Walk #60 #ImaginePeace

Dear friends,

A challenging post to share, Let's Take a Walk #60, took place on October 9th, 2023, 2 days after the terrible attack on Israel from Hamas, the beginning of the current conflict. Almost two weeks ago, so many people died on the Israelis' and Palestinians' sides: civilians, children, young and old suffering. The hostages taken by Hamas have yet to be brought back home. 

I decided that as a call for Peace, LTAW#60 would take place in Strawberry Field on the day of John Lennon's birthday. #ImaginePeace, here is part of the song we all know so well and are longing to make it a reality; imagine all the people living life in Peace. 

All the countries that helped in the creation of Strawberry Field

Together we sang Imagine.
Imagine all the people living life in peace.

A short poem for peace by Charlis @possibly_poet on Istagram

and then, a chance encounter with the beautiful @goddessauracollection a Union Sq. Farmer Market.

I thank you for your continuous support and participation.

With Love for Peace, à bientôt, bye bye.

Marie Christine 

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Let's Take A Walk #59 took place during The International Day of Peace

To celebrate The International Day of Peace Let’s Take a Walk #59 took place at Ward's Island in Toronto together we observe the IDoP traditional one minute of silence at noon. As we explored Ward's Island in Toronto, we focused on Peace. Peace around us and in the world, we all want it don't we? don't we? and for peace of mind, for our children, our children, we all need it don't we? 

I am so grateful to Catharina Goldnau the wonderful #tweetmaster & #storyteller, to Heather Gentleman for guiding me to the discovery of Ward's Island, to Susan Steward to introducing me to her friends Heather and Catharina and to you dear friends whose presence is so deeply appreciated. 

The knitting: for this walk the gathering of stories began in New York and continued on Ward's Island the day prior the walk. We talked of peace, shared concerns and hope. I learned about the inhabitants of the Island, their resolve to save their homes and prevent the construction of a casino. The entire walk can be seen @LetsTakeaWalk_World on Instagram  



Let's Take a Walk #59

Free Library 






Some of the people who worked on the preservation of Ward's Island






Schlepping Displaying

Merging two projects, @LetsTakeaWalk_World & @DancingAlonewithmyShadow


Let's Take a Walk is a worldwide walk I lead using Twitter, since 2009. As it evolved, it became an on-site performance, participants from anywhere in the world can join in via X Twitter @mcayer and @letstakeawalk_world on Instagram Live. During the performance, I encourage observers to join in. On-site, a Town Crier, Tweet Master, and Drummer assist me. During the walk, we pause questions on a specific topic(s) #Peace, #Earthday, #HumanRight, prompting dialogue, inviting participants to sing a song, say something nice to someone; as we journey, the knitted overskirt I wear (created days before each walk with passerby) unravels, leaving traces. Performance artifacts, film, and photographs of our journeys are compiled into an installation, showing the experience of our group walking in different places yet moving in sync. See all the walks on this blog. So far, there have been 59 walks; each is a shared moment—a step towards Peace. Duration detail: Performance time 40 minutes, of which 20 minutes are shared via Twitter and Instagram Live #WalkingTogetherApart.

It was wonderful to share this moment with you.


A bientôt

Marie Christine