I’ve Been Everywhere Man


Do you know that song? It was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack and recorded by several American country artists over the years. Well, I haven’t been everywhere, but it feels like it.

The last 8 days I have been tucked away in the mountains of northern Georgia with my female family members. What a great week. It was a perfect place to be while the world was becoming unhinged. We felt very protected embraced by the mountains and the trees.

It was such fun to wake in peace every morning. No TV, just being with family. We had a juke box, so we had several dance parties and laughed like crazy. While our girls soaked in the hot tub and enjoyed wine at night, Grandma and Nanny painted sun catchers, baked cookies, blew bubbles and went for little mountain walks full of discovery. We found some very precious sticks, rocks, dandelions and old bee hives. We did some imaginary fishing from the balcony with old sticks and caught some whoppers which put up a big fight!

We had a couple of sunny days and one of those days we ventured out for our only trip away from the cabin. We went to a nearby orchard which excited my granddaughter beyond belief. They have a cafe and a good-sized marketplace where we got some apples, some cider donuts, and she even enjoyed a sweet cream gelato.

The remaining days were rainy or foggy which suited us fine. Temperatures were such that we still enjoyed the deck a lot. We cooked and laughed and played games into the early morning hours. It was a treat for sure.

I ended up driving home alone. It was a peaceful 3 hour drive. As I crossed from Georgia into Tennessee, the fog had the roadways totally socked in. Visibility was about 20’ so I crawled across the mountains. I chuckled as I passed a couple of scenic overlooks. There was nothing to see of those grand mountains – just fog!

Back home the world is in panic. I am such an empath that I must fight hard not to carry everyone’s burdens. So I am keeping my circle small. Looking at local news and limiting my time online. I am of course, concerned about my family, especially those who do not have the luxury of working from home. These are stressful times, so self-care is important.

As for now, I am holding on to mountain memories, remembering the tranquility and the love that surrounded us in every moment.


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From a dear friend:

It’s Just a Reboot

When the computer responds poorly to your keystrokes, fails to print your document, or to send out that email, you first reboot it.

As a country right now we have a lot of side-stepping conversations, incomplete transactions, and broken communications.

Corona virus social distancing is giving us the chance to reboot our lives and our communities.

As our large gathering spaces close, let’s each release animosity, the fear and panic that lurk, and forgive ourselves and others for what they’ve said or even done.

Then, in that moment of silence between shut down and reboot, let’s take a deep breath, count to ten, and let it go. …

Take a break.
Sit on the porch.
Pray or meditate.

Play board games.
Take a walk, a run, a ride.
Call a friend. Make amends.
Take care of our neighbors.

Let us take this moment of quiet to walk away from fear, to really listen to each other, to build better community, to become a more caring nation.

Then, when the switch is pulled and power restored to our large gatherings, our networks will connect as they should: efficiently, effectively, in harmony.

Let us use this Corona Virus Reboot to consciously reconnect to each other in positive, nurturing, loving ways. It could be just what The Doctor ordered.



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Lockdown . Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death. But, They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise You can hear the birds again. They say that after just a few weeks of quiet The sky is no longer thick with fumes But blue and grey and clear. They say that in the streets of Assisi People are singing to each other across the empty squares, keeping their windows open so that those who are alone may hear the sounds of family around them. They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound. Today a young woman I know is busy spreading fliers with her number through the neighbourhood So that the elders may have someone to call on. Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way All over the world people are waking up to a new reality To how big we really are. To how little control we really have. To what really matters. To Love. So we pray and we remember that Yes there is fear. But there does not have to be hate. Yes there is isolation. But there does not have to be loneliness. Yes there is panic buying. But there does not have to be meanness. Yes there is sickness. But there does not have to be disease of the soul Yes there is even death. But there can always be a rebirth of love. Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now. Today, breathe. Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic The birds are singing again The sky is clearing, Spring is coming, And we are always encompassed by Love. Open the windows of your soul And though you may not be able to touch across the empty square, Sing. . . . . . #coronavirus #covid19 #selfisolation #fear #panic #anxiety #peace #breathe #blessing #poem #meditation #mindfulness #mystical #equanimity #joy #faith #franciscan #contemplation #capuchin #spring #lent2020 #catholic #presentmoment #bekind #spirituality #wisdom #holy #holistic

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