A Springtime Walk To Try And Take My Mind Off Of Things

I’ve been doing a little of this and a little of that of late, most of it nothing to write home about. You see, my routine has been thrown way off as a result of coronavirus. Yours probably has been too. Due to that health catastrophe, my volunteer jobs have been suspended and the places I like to hang out in — restaurants, movie theaters, music venues, to give some examples — have closed their doors, leaving me with shitloads more time on my hands than I’m used to. I’ve yet to use that time productively.

But my situation counts as absolutely nothing compared with the state of affairs worldwide. Tens of millions suddenly are without paychecks. Countless businesses and institutions very well might collapse. And people are succumbing in scary numbers to coronavirus. Holy crap, holy crap, holy crap. I have a sinking feeling. And when I say sinking, I mean sinking.

What will become of us? To try and protect ourselves, and to try and contain the virus, we stay in our homes as much as possible, practice social distancing when we leave the house, wash our hands numerous times each day, and use antiseptic wipes on potentially-suspect objects and surfaces. But, looking at the big picture, will any of that make much difference ultimately if an effective vaccine and/or other effective medical treatment isn’t developed in the very foreseeable future? Or if coronavirus doesn’t peter out on its own? I’m normally a fairly optimistic guy, but my answer is no. After all, in the twinkling of an eye, life as we know it has been turned on end. And right now there’s no reason to think that things won’t disintegrate far more than they already have.

“Yo, Neil,” I hear at least a couple of you yelling, “you’re bumming us the f*ck out! That’s enough, partner. Knock it off!”

I hear you, believe me. I’ve been bumming myself the f*ck out too, and for quite a while, as you can tell. Which is why, when I went for a walk on March 21 to try and take my mind off the current state of affairs, I had a potentially uplifting purpose in mind. The night before, driving home after buying take-out food from a restaurant, I’d noticed that some flowering trees around the corner from my house had burst into color. Thus, my plan on the 21st was to check out the flora in my suburban Philadelphia neighborhood and also in a neighborhood of a nearby, bordering township.

Now, walking is one part of what-had-been-my-routine that the coronavirus calamity hasn’t disrupted. Since early January, for personal health reasons, I’ve been hitting the pavement, in one locale or another, four or five times each week. Thirty minutes or more each session. That’s the most exercise I’ve gotten in years. And, knock on wood, so far I’ve enjoyed the regimen more than I’d have guessed I would.

Anyway, I embarked on the trek at about 1:30 PM. The skies gleamed, their blues a welcome sight for eyes in need of perking up. As I figured would be the case, green leaves hadn’t sprouted anywhere, though budding was in progress. Green’s domination over the browns of winter was another week or two away from taking place.

But, damn straight, some flowering trees were doing their thing, and that made a big difference. We’re talking magnolia and cherry trees, I think, and maybe a pear tree of one sort or another (I wouldn’t bet my life on those statements though, because I’m almost as dumb as dirt when it comes to identifying flora). Whatever, although the flowering tree performance normally doesn’t begin till early April or later, the milder-than-average temperatures that we’d had in the winter months pushed up the schedule. I let the trees’ pink, red and white petals grab me. The colors felt pretty good.

Other splashes of springtime colors were around. I spotted a few azaleas showing off their purple plumage. Forsythia bushes, which had opened in my region two weeks prior, looked damn fine in their mustard yellow. And the smattering of ground-level flowers on the properties brightened things up a bit too, especially the patch of small, yellow wildflowers in one yard.

What really struck me though, in this time of coronavirus precautions, was that I saw far more people than I’d expected to, which gave the afternoon a sense of normalcy. For instance: a father with his two young daughters, all on bikes; two middle-aged guys shooting hoops with a kid on a sidewalk basketball set-up; people sitting in their yards; four or five ambitious sorts hammering and sawing away, in their driveways or garages, at one project or another.

All told, at least 40 people crossed my field of vision during the hour I spent wandering around. I exchanged hellos with a bunch of them. None of them, or me, was doing anything that, virus-wise, might be problematic. That’s what medical people say, anyway. It’s okay to be outside, according to the experts, as long as you keep your distance from others.

And so, I recorded another entry in my Book Of Walks. The excursion was a good one. As spring progresses, the walks, I believe, will become even better. Lots more flowering trees and shrubs to gaze at. Lots more colors to absorb. Hats off to all of that.

(Comments are welcomed. Ditto for sharing this article.)

176 thoughts on “A Springtime Walk To Try And Take My Mind Off Of Things

  1. Alyson March 26, 2020 / 12:24 am

    Oh Neil, it’s 4am here in Scotland and as I couldn’t sleep I took to WordPress, and got a chance to see your lovely pictures. Yes, for Mother Nature nothing has changed and the blossom is starting to appear on the trees here too. A beautiful constant in a topsy turvey world.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 1:16 pm

      This situation will keep just about anyone awake.

      Hi Alyson. I’m sure you’re going out on walks. They can be helpful, that’s for certain.

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      • Alyson March 26, 2020 / 4:55 pm

        Yes we are allowed one walk a day from our homes for exercise and it is such a treat. I am really appreciating the little things at the moment. Look after yourselves.

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  2. Lynette d'Arty-Cross March 26, 2020 / 12:45 am

    Beautiful photos! 🙂 Such a welcome sight.

    I try to focus as much as I can on the positives. My loved ones are safe, I’m safe, no one I know is sick, and I have plenty of toilet paper. 😉

    Stay safe and well, Neil. 🙂

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  3. Dave Ply March 26, 2020 / 12:49 am

    Sometimes a good walk is just the ticket to refresh the spirit. (And it doesn’t hurt if the world is beginning to bloom.)

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 1:19 pm

      Hey there, Dave. It’s about 1:00 PM in my time zone right now. It’s sunny outside. I’ll be taking a walk in a little while. See ya!

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  4. cincinnatibabyhead March 26, 2020 / 2:15 am

    You know the walks are part of your mental health. Just seeing other folks out and them seeing you is a bigger thing than you might give credit to Neil. I enjoyed reading the piece and could feel the life in your stroll. and yeah, things will get better.. The Gal and I have been out everyday either solo or together. It feels good. The fight is being fought by very good folk on all fronts. Those people make CB feel part of the good side of the things. Hats off to those folks. Just keep doing your part fella, Thanks for the reminder on the takeout thing. Good way to keep things and people on the upside.Later gator.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 1:22 pm

      Yeah, the best of the best in the scientific and medical realms are working on this problem. A solution hopefully will be found soon. Enjoy your walks!

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  5. dfolstad58 March 26, 2020 / 2:42 am

    Walking is good exercise but you can’t coast so I bike ride instead. I agree we are being responsible and still avoiding cabin fever.

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  6. Platypus Man March 26, 2020 / 2:54 am

    We WILL get through this. The last comparable pandemic was probably in 1918/19, when “Spanish flu” caused widespread death and misery in a world wearied by – in Europe’s case – four terrible years of war. A century on, our understanding of how diseases work, our skills in treating and caring for seriously sick people, our ability to communicate with people and advise them of the precautions they need to take, and our capacity to live reasonably comfortable lives in “lockdown mode” for several weeks are all much, much better. Yes, it’s tough and it’s going to get tougher in the short term, but I’m confident that we will get through this, and maybe emerge a bit wiser too. Take care, and stay positive … and make the most of those wonderful spring flowers.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 1:30 pm

      Hi there. Thanks for the input. You’ve given a lot of thought to what’s going on.

      A cure/prevention is needed pronto. Otherwise, I don’t see a way out.

      All the best to you and yours. See ya.

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  7. andrewcferguson March 26, 2020 / 3:12 am

    Keep walking and enjoying the outside good buddy! We will get through this and then look back at it and wonder. And we’ll learn from it, too, so that when the next virus starts cutting a swathe through us we’ll know how to cope with it better.

    Great pics – as another of your Scottish correspondents says, the blooms are starting to come out over here too, although we’re probably a bit behind Philly. Forsythia’s out, but still got the cherry blossom to look forward to.

    Stay safe!

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  8. Basia Korzeniowska March 26, 2020 / 4:00 am

    Thanks Neil. Walking is good. We are allied out for an hour a day here in Londin, provided we keep our distance and I like to make good use of this privilege. We have a few little parks near me and the roads in my part of suburbia have lots of interesting trees I might just go and take some photos of them too. Suburban front gardens seem to be a thing of the past though. All have become parking spaces. When I was little my father used to take me for walks to smell the roses. Few and far between now!

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  9. MELewis March 26, 2020 / 4:15 am

    The intensity of those spring blossoms is a true tonic! We’re also burgeoning forth here while hunkering down at home. A nasty north wind has made walks a bit chilly in the past few days, but the fresh air is so invigorating that it’s well worth it to get out. Keep truckin’!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 1:36 pm

      Hey there. Yeah, daily walks help to ward off cabin fever. I’m heading out in a few minutes to stretch the old legs for a half hour or so. Take care..

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  10. sniderjerry March 26, 2020 / 4:22 am

    As a wise man said long ago, “Spring is God’s way of saying one more time.” Have a great walk today. Jerry

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 1:37 pm

      Stay well, Jerry. Have you gone out for a run today? How many times a week do you go running?

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      • sniderjerry March 26, 2020 / 6:46 pm

        Hello Neil, thank you for asking. I put in 3 miles today. I run 4 days a week and toss in some yoga, weights, and walking on the other days. Now about the Coronavirus, everyone has to do their part to help. For example, I have two friends, who in their spare time, rob banks. They have offered to donate the masks they normally wear during a stickup to our local hospital. Now that’s the spirit!
        Have a great day. Jerry

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  11. SandyL March 26, 2020 / 5:50 am

    Spring flowers boost the spirit. I’m a little further north and it’s still too early for blossoms but the promise is there. I noticed that my tulip buds are just pushing through 🙂 Nice to see your photos and what’s coming Neil. When we go on walks one of the nice things to see, are the number of families out together. It’s a good thing from this seclusion, kids spending time with parents and parents taking time out with kids. Nice post – Sandy

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 1:39 pm

      Afternoon, Sandy. You’re absolutely right. Most parents are doing their best to try and keep things pretty normal for their kids.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 1:43 pm

      Hi Sheree. Yes, even in a heavily-built-up area such as the one I live in (i.e. Greater Philadelphia), the sky and trees and other plants absolutely can have a tonic effect.

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  12. joylennick March 26, 2020 / 6:46 am

    Hi Neil, Thank you for the Spring photographs. My favorite season and always an uplifting sight.
    Here in Spain, re the horrible virus, we on the Costa Blanca have been in strict lock-in for nearly two weeks now. ALL cafes, restaurants and meeting places are also closed. It’s one person per car and out walking too…and fines are in place! Our cities are at higher risk and it is well known how tactile the Spanish, Italians and French usually are…(normally wonderful, now a killer…) However, it’s amazing how resilient most people are…As a child in WW11, you played Russian roulette whether you went out or stayed in! There were huge surges of camaraderie and people somehow carried on, but what relief when the war finally ended! As I said to my eldest son:. “We now know that the elephant in the room’s name begins with C!” and he replied “What, Cyril!?” Silly, but that really caused a chuckle. Take care. Cheers. x

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 1:45 pm

      You’ve got a great perspective on things, Joy, so I know you’re coping well. All the best to you and your family.

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      • joylennick March 26, 2020 / 5:09 pm

        Thanks, Neil. I try…..Sunshine today was a great boost. Coffee and lunch on the patio, with a walk around our communal pool was good air-time Both take care too. x

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  13. Ally Bean March 26, 2020 / 6:56 am

    What a gorgeous time of year in your neighborhood. Those colors are amazing. Nothing that pretty here yet. I’ve been walking outside every afternoon lately as a way of coping, too. We do what we can to stay sane, don’t we?

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  14. Isabelle March 26, 2020 / 7:10 am

    It feels good to be reminded of the beauty of nature around us in a difficult time. The cherry trees aren’t in bloom here yet, and it’s great to enjoy yours. A pleasant feeling of spring.

    There’s a lot of uncertainties and fear related to the outbreak of the virus. Spring brings hope. Stay safe and take care, Neil.

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  15. chef mimi March 26, 2020 / 7:52 am

    Spring is definitely changing our perspective. It’s uplifting, and because we can go outside, we don’t feel as trapped. And, it’s pretty!

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  16. Anonymous March 26, 2020 / 8:21 am

    I always enjoy your photos. I have also taken a few photos for Facebook . Keep walking and now garden work will start. Be safe!

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  17. Debra March 26, 2020 / 8:40 am

    I always knew you were a “budding” journalist. Really enjoyed your pictures. It’s amazing how even in the most industrial areas of the city where we are now walking to avoid people there are beautiful trees in bloom. It is cool to read comments from your international friends and see how we are all in this together. Hang in there and stay safe!

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  18. lexklein March 26, 2020 / 9:30 am

    Getting outside is one of the keys to getting through this, so I’m glad to hear you are enjoying your walks and letting the fresh air push some of the more dire thoughts out of your head. Like others, I think we will get through this – all the sooner if people can just follow the rules! – so hang in there!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 2:49 pm

      Hey, Lexie. I’m glad to hear from you. I just came inside from a nice walk. As for the virus, I think there will have to be a vaccine or other medical treatment that works. I can’t imagine the virus going away on its own.

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  19. Laurie Graves March 26, 2020 / 9:53 am

    Oh, those flowering trees and bushes! Glorious. A beautiful way to take your mind of all that’s going on right now. You are right to wonder how this will shake down. I’m hoping that finally this country will realize that we need a strong, functioning government that provides services and cares about all the people, not just those at the top. We can hope.

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  20. Des March 26, 2020 / 9:54 am

    Your take on the current situation did not bum me out at all. In fact, I actually found it to be very uplifting! Maybe your post will inspire someone who is too immersed in the bad news to go out and clear their heads for an hour or two. Besides, having spent most of our time inside this winter, getting outdoors is very important right now. It definitely can be done safely if one is mindful. Thanks Neil.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 2:54 pm

      Hello there, Des. I just took a very refreshing half-hour walk. It’s sunny here today and the temperature is mild. I passed about 20 people on the streets, keeping my distance of course!

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      • Des March 26, 2020 / 7:36 pm

        Hi Neil, Glad to hear you’re getting out and about in the nice weather. Stay safe and enjoy!

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  21. Helen Devries March 26, 2020 / 10:38 am

    Thank goodness for the great outdoors – and the fact that despite the virus precautions it can still be enjoyed.
    I hop that one of the consequences of this virus attack will be to make people much more active in promoting solidarity, not division, and holding governmental feet to the fire to make proper health provision for all.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 2:56 pm

      You’re right. I hope so too. In the USA, though, I don’t have great hopes for that. There are way too many rearward-thinking people in the States. Trump is the head of that enormous group.

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  22. Jacqui Murray March 26, 2020 / 10:44 am

    I too cherish my walks more than ever. I’m worried about my country–the damage to the business of living, all those jobs lost, all those bills that can’t be paid, people hurt.. I don’t quite get why we’ve locked the world down over COVID 19. Maybe because it’s so contagious? Flu has killed 23,000 in just 6 months (a high of 59,000), with 38 million sick. But we don’t lock the country down over that. No vaccine for flu–flu shot which only works on some strains. Maybe it’s all about fear of the unknown? I’m looking to you, Neil to explain this to me.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 2:58 pm

      If this new virus isn’t contained/stopped, it will kill millions. Many millions. And probably permanently damage the health of many millions more.

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  23. Ann Coleman March 26, 2020 / 10:52 am

    As far as I know, the only country that isn’t letting people walk around while practicing social distancing is Italy. I sure hope we’re never restricted even from that. And yes, being outside does help lift our spirits, as well as seeing that Spring is coming, the same as usual. Our neighborhood also had lots of people out in their yards, waving to each other from a safe distance, and it did feel good. And we need to remember that this is a virus, and panic and fear compromise our immune system, making us much more likely to get it. So anything we can do to keep our immune system strong (exercise, sleep, good food and good spirits) is actually helping us fight it.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 3:01 pm

      Hi Ann. Most importantly, though, is that we need a vaccine or other medical intervention that works to prevent the virus from doing damage.

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      • Ann Coleman March 26, 2020 / 5:38 pm

        I meant in addition to those things, and on a personal level. I have every confidence that we will develop a treatment and vaccine for this virus eventually.

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  24. Fictionophile March 26, 2020 / 11:06 am

    I find myself getting more and more despondent every day. Even though our 14 day self-quaratine ends today, I can’t see our lives changing in any significant way. Our daughter had cancer surgery last month and I’m still processing that. Our daughter-in-law doesn’t want us visiting them during this pandemic which means that I can’t see my little grandson who is now 10 months old. In summation, I am totally bummed out.
    I appreciate your lovely flowering trees. I wish they looked like that in Nova Scotia, however as the ground is white and it is still snowing, it will be a while yet.
    Hope we all get through this with our health, our finances, and most importantly our sanity intact.
    Thanks Neil.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 3:08 pm

      I’m very sorry to hear about your daughter’s health situation.

      And I know what you mean about the way life has changed so rapidly. None of us would have predicted that something as ominous as this would emerge from out of the blue. It’s frightening.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 3:04 pm

      Hi. Sandy and I don’t have children. But we worry about our relatives and friends, of course. Take care —

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  25. K E Garland March 26, 2020 / 12:02 pm

    Good to see you out and about Neil! I’ve wondered this same thought, “will any of that make much difference ultimately if an effective vaccine and/or other effective medical treatment isn’t developed in the very foreseeable future?”

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  26. tylerus March 26, 2020 / 2:02 pm

    Lovely photos, as always. Even in the face of chaos, there’s beauty. We need to keep our wits, stay calm, and manage as best we can — t.p. or no t.p. 🙂 There are [many] lessons to be learned from this; let’s hope we realize them. And let’s, as always, keep the faith. God bless.

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  27. alhenry March 26, 2020 / 3:00 pm

    “…my routine has been thrown way off as a result of coronavirus.”

    I hear you, Neil, bigtime. At first, I was annoyed with myself–I’ve got gobs of time now, why isn’t more getting done?! And after about 48 hours of that, I decided stress was not something I needed to create for myself at this time. Like you, I’m out wandering the byways and lanes most days. I used to like walking our wonderful bike trail, but alas, it’s become like Grand Central used to be, so now I just take off in unknown directions. Sometimes it’s a bit of a mystery as to how I’ll get back, but I have a good sense of the basics–north, south, east, and west.

    One of my other blogger friends just wrote that she had a “mini-meltdown” this morning and then took her three kids outside to play. I told her to expect more mini-meltdowns now and again in the future. I think we just need to practice a lot of “accepting.” Keep the stress on “low.” And remember there’s only one real goal–one we all share–staying alive.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 3:52 pm

      Afternoon, Amy. Dealing with an invisible, dangerous enemy is nerve-rattling. But I agree that trying not to get too stressed-out is very valuable.

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  28. annieasksyou March 26, 2020 / 4:38 pm

    You’re doing the right thing getting out and enjoying the natural world, Neil, and your lovely photos are helping us too. I find that to maintain my equanimity, all I can do is take things day by day and try not to look at the big picture, which seems so overwhelming. Humor helps too. I just came across this, which made me smile:
    “It is not at all boring having to stay in the house. But how come one bag of rice has 7,456 grains, and the other has 7,398?”

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  29. Robert Parker March 26, 2020 / 5:41 pm

    I cannot believe how much farther along Philly is with spring, than Milwaukee. Those trees look great, I’m ready, ready, ready to rock’n’roll with some flowers around here, too. Yeah, my closest walking trail must have 10X the usual number of walkers. So even though I have to keep dodging off the path to avoid contact, that’s a positive, they found something to get everybody out and walking.
    The local paper had an article on Green Bay – – I knew there were paper mills in this state (Wisconsin) but didn’t realize G.B. is the toilet paper capital of the world. The plants always run 24/7 but now are running 120% of usual production. And yet the local stores still have 0 supplies. OK, Neil, the beer seems to be holding out, though, cheers

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 7:32 pm

      Take a look to see if Magic Hat, a Vermont brewery, has distribution in your area. It’s currently my favorite brewery. They make many delicious beers.

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  30. Un po' di pepe March 26, 2020 / 5:44 pm

    Spring always brings hope. In this case….hope that warmer weather will result in less favourable conditions for the virus to grow. Glad you are enjoying your walks while you still can get out. The situation will get worse before it gets better, so we need to brace ourselves, but it will get better. I’m trying to see the good things happening in the world right now-the cooperation and solidarity-working together to survive this crisis. Hang in there! Stay safe. Cristina

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  31. Paddy Tobin March 26, 2020 / 5:45 pm

    The blossom is beautiful and certainly worth the time to see. We have been away from social contact for a fortnight now but, as you experienced, many people here have been ignoring the advice of health officials. Last weekend, the Gardai (police) blocked traffic at several locations and had the drivers turn around as the locations were crowded well beyond what was safe. Since then guidelines have become more stringent and, as a result, there are less people going outdoors.

    Stay safe and healthy…and keep writing.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 26, 2020 / 7:34 pm

      In my state (Pennsylvania), it’s allowable to be outside. But you have to keep your distance from others. No crowds allowed.

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      • Paddy Tobin March 27, 2020 / 9:36 am

        Much the same here but going outside only for essential reasons.

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  32. johnlmalone March 26, 2020 / 6:38 pm

    I love this, Neil; you’ve inspired me: I’m about to go for a beach walk now 🙂

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  33. JT Twissel March 26, 2020 / 7:23 pm

    I think this virus has stopped us all in our tracks. We’re facing an unknowable threat. Still there are people whose response is to pretend nothing is amiss. I think it’s better to say we don’t know what’s coming but to dwell in panic mode will only make matters worse. So chill if you need to however you can.

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  34. Lyn Douglas March 26, 2020 / 9:33 pm

    Yeah Neil, keep looking for that silver lining. I also am sick to my stomach by what is happening to so many thousands of folks and businesses. Who would have thought that we would experience something like this in our lifetime. It is like a bad movie that just never ends. We must stay strong and look to a much better future. Nothing will be the same but little apples will grow again.

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  35. eden baylee March 26, 2020 / 10:43 pm

    Hi Neil, The situation is difficult. Your country just moved up to the top position for # cases. It’s not a place I wanted to see for you. We are in lockdown in Canada to stop the spread. We hope things will improve but also realize it will worsen before that happens.

    Scary times. 😦 Thanks for the lovely pictures to remind me of beauty in the world.

    eden

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 27, 2020 / 7:28 am

      Hi, and thanks for adding your thoughts. We’re all going through a strange period of time, that’s for sure. It’s hard to grasp.

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  36. Rama Arya March 27, 2020 / 12:12 am

    Beautiful post and lucky you. We, on this side of the world, in Mumbai, have been locked in our apartments since Sunday, 22nd of March. No walks, no nothing allowed unless going to buy groceries or meds at the local store to join long lines of mask-clad silent folks. It started with one day. Became 4. And then another 21 were added. Deep inside I think, if the current 21 days of curfew are extended, none of us would be surprised. We will just continue to comfort each other through the enforced social distancing with that magical, all-comforting phrase: this too shall pass.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 27, 2020 / 8:33 am

      Hi. I’m glad to hear from you. In Pennsylvania, the state I live in, it’s similar to what you describe. Most businesses are closed. Restaurants, though, are allowed to stay open, but they can do only takeout orders. Around here you don’t see a lot of people wearing masks. Not sure why. There might be a shortage of them here. Going outside for walks is allowed here, but of course you’re supposed to stay at least six feet away from other people.

      The world has become very strange.

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  37. Joe March 27, 2020 / 12:28 am

    Thankfully we are still allowed to go out for a walk, Neil. We have a walking path behind our house, and it has never been busier. We have seen lots of walkers that are new to the path, and many families out walking together. I believe there is nothing better than a long walk to clear the mind. Lately, I feel like I need to walk all day long. Take good care!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 27, 2020 / 8:36 am

      Yeah, walking gets us out of the house. Cabin fever would set in quickly otherwise.

      Keep your distance from other people on your walking path!

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  38. Quirky Girl March 27, 2020 / 4:47 pm

    Those bright flowering trees are such a treat right now, in a world that seems to be drowning with darkness from so much strife and uncertainty. I am fortunate to have an eastern red bud tree in my backyard that is bursting with purple blooms. It’s hard not to smile at that bit of beauty, and so I make it a point to go out into the yard often to enjoy that simple bit of happiness. 🙂

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 27, 2020 / 5:30 pm

      Hey there. Good to hear from you. I like the idea that you’re focusing on what literally is just outside your door. That’s a good way to commune with nature. Take care. See ya!

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  39. tanjabrittonwriter March 27, 2020 / 5:40 pm

    I am convinced of the healing power of nature, Neil, so if you can be in it while staying away from other people, I highly recommend it. My hope is that more people will realize what they have been missing by living lives separated from our environment. And that they will start to care about what happens to it.
    Best wishes for your physical and mental health.
    Tanja

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  40. Richard D March 27, 2020 / 6:03 pm

    Thanks for the perspective, Neil. I just finished my own post. We can’t underestimate the power of change that we have, even though, and because of, how insignificant it may seem in face of the disastrous course of our drifting politicos, we can make tangible worthwhile impact that could last for generations. Thanks for your many contributions, Richard D.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger March 27, 2020 / 7:54 pm

      Many thanks, Richard, for your thoughts. They are very much appreciated. Take care.
      By the way, when will you publish your essay? Looking forward to it.

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