Nature’s Still Open: A Silver Lining Thought #SOLC20 #SOL20


Yesterday’s notebook scribblings for #100daysofnotebooking included pluses and minuses for COVID 19 closure. One of the pluses I noted was that with so many places closing, including libraries and museums, perhaps it would get more people outdoors.  People for whom walking and exploring outdoors might not be their first choice of activity. Nature thankfully is not going to close. It’s still open, thankfully. Open to all!

While walking on one of our favorite local trails yesterday afternoon — the Battle Road Trail, which is part of Minuteman National Park straddling Concord, Lincoln, and Lexington, Massachusetts — my husband and I encountered lots of bundled up walkers and bikers. This is a popular trail, but not typically until April when it’s warmed up a bit. It was a chilly New England afternoon here, and it struck both of us that perhaps some people might already be seeking solace. I can’t think of a better way to do just that. You know where to find me.


Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here every Tuesday throughout the year and daily during the month of March.



16 thoughts on “Nature’s Still Open: A Silver Lining Thought #SOLC20 #SOL20

  1. I´ve been using that term ¨silver lining¨ a lot these days as disappointments and worries come from everywhere. Thank you. Thank you Mother Nature for providing our mental health a reprieve. Great to start the day with your post.

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  2. Like you, I’m planning on doing a lot of park and walking time over the next three weeks. Yesterday, when I was out walking in our neighborhood, it looked like a lot of other people had that same plan!

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  3. This was my first advise to my son and his buddies who were planning to go to Reno for spring break. Why not camping, and fishing? For some young people self isolation and social distancing is not in their radar yet. I am fortunate that I live in a very isolated area, surrounded by BLM land. Today snowed, but still a great day to go for a walk. Thank you for embracing mother nature and thinking outside with no box.

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  4. “Nature’s still open”! Yes! Love this line. I have lots of plans for climbing mountains and hiking trails in our area, but we’ve had lots of rain, snow, and hail this weekend. I know I’ll be able to get outside soon!

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  5. Because of the threat of virus spread, my daughters decided we should meet their grandmother at the park for a walk. Nature is open! And we had a nice time taking advantage of the warm spring day.

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