Wednesday, November 29, 2023


How would you describe your mental health in these troubled times?

It’s a difficult time for most of us. We’re pretty much stuck in one place, and even if we were free to go about our daily lives as before, most businesses and other places we might want to visit are shut down. And, none of us know how long this will keep up. The uncertainty, alone, can be stressful. How are you doing? Are your spirits hanging in there, or are you feeling down?

We hope you’re coping well, but we’ll go ahead and ask anyway. So please take a moment to respond to the poll, and see how others responded.

Wear a mask if you’ll be near others. Use lots of soap! Be safe!

Here’s a past poll you might find interesting. We asked readers how often they have a wood campfire. How many do you believe never have a fire — 33 percent, 52 percent or 63 percent? You’ll need to click here for the answer.



Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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Donn (@guest_75492)
3 years ago

Most folks simply don’t understand this was a virus turned loose by a nation seeking to knock us back in to the year 1918. China declared war on us rather than rescind their economic control over us. See what Bill O’Reilly had to say on this matter this past Sunday.
China sent us a “bomb” and never fired a shot. We are in a war of attrition at this point.

Bob p (@guest_75481)
3 years ago

In the words of James Brown “I feel good” but in Patsy Clines song “ I’m crazy for lovin’ you”, I could go on but I’ll leave it there. (@guest_75232)
3 years ago

Most people don’t understand viruses. Yes, they are a threat to all life forms. They are important for natural selection. Human beings are mammals and like any species are susceptible to the same rages as any other species. Overpopulation is playing a huge role in the spread of the virus. How many human beings can the planet support? Why are we suffering from overpopulation? Human intervention via modern medicine and technology. I am thankful for all these things and that I am alive but what we want to believe and what reality is are sometimes two different things.

With all the free time available now, read up on viruses, their purpose in nature, and the role they play. As much as they are our enemy, they are also an important part of life on Earth.

In many of the comments I have read here, I see hate and politics. We are talking about life or death and hatred and politics don’t belong in here.

Tom (@guest_75186)
3 years ago

COVID-19: 51,949 deaths in the U.S., as of Apr. 25, 2020. That is less then 3 months

Flu: estimate 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the U.S. per year.

If not for social separation and closing down business the Covid 19 would have number at least twice that amount. You just keep believe if it all a for government control. But please stay away from me and My family.

Jeff Craig (@guest_75174)
3 years ago

Pretty strung out, but only because I’m an ‘essential worker’ and way, WAY to many customers listen to the only NON-Doctor at the WHite House briefings and think the pandemic is a hoax, and they keep trying to crowd my personal space instead of staying six feet away. All our STate Parks are closed here, and I can’t wait to be able to go RVing again!

I’ll certainly be glad when this mess is over, and I can take our rig to a NASCAR race!

Donald P Carey (@guest_75162)
3 years ago

Your editorial on the Covid-19 situation is spot on. My wife and I are from Maine and we wanted to go back and sell our house this summer. That is not going to happen. Luckily we are parked in a nice RV park that has made it a goal to support RVers by providing a safe place to stay. We see RVs coming from who knows where and what they have been exposed to. We see RVs leaving for somewhere, ignoring what is happening across the nation. If you do not have an urgent need to go somewhere, stay put. Don’t expose yourself or others. Thank you for the great editorial.

PennyPA (@guest_75161)
3 years ago

I can be wary of people with sneezes and sniffles but what tends to scare me is the fact that people can be carriers of Covid 19 and not even know it! I could even be a carrier (but I’m not because I’m an old person [78] with a pre-existing lung condition). Question: can I use my non-contact axle/tire/whatever thermometer as a forehead thermometer?

rvgrandma (@guest_75154)
3 years ago

My depression is mainly due to not being able to visit my husband since 3/12. He is in memory care and looks to be at least June before we can again visit. Thankfully his facility is small and has not been hit with the virus.

Carol (@guest_75133)
3 years ago

We are doing good. Made it back to our rv lot in Wyoming with no problems. We wear our mask and gloves when we go to the store. Other than that, we are hunkering down.

Captn John (@guest_75128)
3 years ago

After 2 years in Nam my PTSD is better now. Many fewer to annoy me on my daily travels. I don’t have a ‘safe place’ and go to the marina or somewhere every day. Mods on the 5er are getting plentiful. I’m not sure why people are so stressed. Stay locked away or get out and enjoy. Why live in fear? Why give up 2, 3 , 4 months of a short life? Stop listening to CNN and MSNBC, they know now fear sells better than {bleeped}.

Gene Bjerke (@guest_75106)
3 years ago

I live with extended family on what’s left of a farm in Virginia. Other than going out for dinner frequently, we didn’t have a busy social life. We can no longer do even that, otherwise life isn’t that much different than before. The youngest member of the family (50) currently does all the shopping and cooking. We don’t even do much yard work any more, so I (at least) suffer more from boredom than stress.

John (@guest_75172)
3 years ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

I hope the reason for not doing yard work is because you are not able to physically rather than the fear of being in the yard. No need for the fear of being outside in your own yard. Apologizes if I have misunderstood.

Bill (@guest_75090)
3 years ago

We are in Oaxaca, Mexico. We have been in MX since 12/23 traveling down the Pacific coast. We had made the turn home in Puerto Angel and were going to stay here for a week in early March. We are still here. Our visas run to late June. There are about 30 people here – (5 kids) from Europe, Canada and US. Most are headed to Central America eventually. The place is beautiful with pool and a little clubhouse. We get food, water and craft beer deliveries. Walmart & big supermarkets are open in town. Great WiFi so we can watch TV. We got to day trip all around the area before tourism started to close down. 90 and sunny days and 60 at night. This quarantine thing is OK for us, although we will be skipping sightseeing when the time comes to go home.
Many small towns in Mexico have closed access to outsiders. There is a strong tradition of local self-government, especially in the indigenous towns. In Oaxaca, the essential businesses and most people are distancing and wearing masks. In Mexico, “laws are suggestions” so when COVID rules come along, most people are sensible and comply for the good of everyone and don’t feel the need to get their freedom feathers ruffled.
We are lucky to be in a safe place, but there’s no place like home. We will be heading back in a few weeks.

Nancy Michaels (@guest_75089)
3 years ago

As a retired mental health therapist, I’m sure I would be overwhelmed if I still had a practice! Times like these are extremely trying for people, but we know they will not last forever, as others have said. It is important to remember now what we have control over (ourselves) and what we DON’T have any control over (basically everything else). Focus on what you control and leave the rest alone. Some ideas to keep us going through this storm are: keep to a routine if possible – know what the day will bring and how you will use it; do some form of exercise each day; eat a balanced and healthy diet; learn something new each day or each week – keep your brain active and engaged; HUG those you are quarantined with; pet an animal if you have one; get enough sleep; contact your loved ones by phone, text or ZOOM; PRAY – a belief in a higher being helps a great deal! We will come out on the other side of this hopefully more aware of our blessings and full of gratitude to be able to do the things we all tend to take for granted.

RV Staff
3 years ago
Reply to  Nancy Michaels

Good message, Nancy. Thank you. 😀 —Diane at

travilenman (@guest_75069)
3 years ago

Sometimes Mother Nature gives us a speed bump to slow things down.. I have been doing Honey-do jobs lately. & am satisfied with what I have been doing.. Went fishing the other day & had the entire stream to my self, NOBODY was around, it felt great.. There are things one can do to occupy ones time.. As far as the protesters go, they can ALWAYS go to another Country WHERE they will not have the freedoms WE ENJOY in this COUNTRY.. I do not want to get into POLITICS in this reply, Suffice it to say, Uncle Sam acts slowly, always has & always will..Here in Oregon we do not have it so bad,YET.. STAY SAFE & above ALL STAY CALM for this will PASS eventually..

Rich (@guest_75065)
3 years ago

i do feel good…just bored to tears. heading for home no later than thursday. still no hand sanitizer or gloves in any of the stores. doggie poop bags are a good substitute for gloves.

Ron T (@guest_75011)
3 years ago

We’re doing fine in isolation. I learned as a teenager that I wasn’t one to overreact to things and when presented with a difficult to impossible situation, I didn’t run away screaming but took time to analyze the problem, figure out what, if anything, I could do about, then followed that plan of action.

In this current situation we are at home in Wisconsin so the first weeks were spent inside finishing some work on the basement and working through my small repairs To-Do list. Now on those seemingly few days when it isn’t cold and windy we can get outside to work on the yard and garden. Broccoli, spinach and lettuce went in yesterday. In the evenings now I’m working on my geneaology materials that I haven’t touched in the last 30 years!

Oh and then there’s that awning repair on the motorhome. When backing it into the shed last November it slid sideways into the doorway pinning the awning. The ground was muddy and snowy and I had no way to move the MH sideways. I had to grit my teeth and continue going back. I was kinda dreading this repair but it isn’t too bad. I got it apart a few days ago, re-attached the rear frame and re-aligned the awning tube. Now it’s just re-assembly and repair of two tears in the fabric and we’re ready to get out on the road – whenever that becomes possible. Such is life.

Cam (@guest_75010)
3 years ago

I’m mostly ticked off by the one size fits all intrusion of government into our lives and the readiness of bureaucrats to encroach on our liberties at the drop of a hat. I’m also ticked off by the {bleeped} protesters who agree with me then set exactly the wrong example as responsible citizens by providing examples of idiocy for the bureaucrats to act against
We need to open some hospitals tp regular procedures…let people play golf and tennis and pickleball, let them get haircuts and eat at restaurants in a safe manner, let them use the beach in a similar manner and let ALL businesses open if they can do it safely and maintain social distance. And we need our schools opened as there are more kids killed each year by pneumonia and flu…both highly transmissable than the very small number affected by Covid19.
Bottom line…act like responsible adults and citizens….and stay out of our lives and let us get back to work and running them ourselves.

John (@guest_75173)
3 years ago
Reply to  Cam

Hit the nail on the head. One size DOES NOT fit all. I realize that no one was prepared for this. But there was no excuse for the local and federal governments not sitting down in the first weeks of this and figuring this out; make the necessary changes for different areas of the country and businesses.

Dennis Allen Jones (@guest_74998)
3 years ago

Chuck calm down! You gotta quit listening to anti-Trump mainstream media. Pelosi & crew have you running around with your hair on fire. Throw that crystal ball in dumpster. Our young & healthy people will be back to work & economy will roar back to life within three months for sure

Ann (@guest_74992)
3 years ago

I’m mostly lonely. I usually have a very active social life. Zoom doesn’t cut it.

I had a dream last night where I went back to an old job. And on the first day they crammed me into a school bus with a whole bunch of people. And I had lost my mask somewhere. That was a new kind of nightmare.

Jeff (@guest_74949)
3 years ago

I am doing ok. Lost my full time job in 2008. I made it through in 2008. It’s now 2020. I am working and know I can make it after losing my job in 2008. I am getting sick and tired of hearing about this virus. How can a government take away peoples rights and people not stand up for there rights?

Jeff (@guest_75170)
3 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

Once the government takes away our rights do you think they will give us our rights back? I hope they will give us our right back but I doubt it. By the way. I enjoy your newsletter.
Here’s hoping Wisconsin will open up soon so I can go camping in the Nicolet national forest.

TPalmer (@guest_75227)
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

So Jeff, what rights did the gov’t take away back in the 1918 pandemic that they did not give back when it was over?

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