Lake Easton, WA by author

I watched the movie Nomadland. It won an Oscar for reasons that escape me. Frances McDormand won the best actress award for obvious reasons. The movie seems to want to pair the romanticism of travel with the gritty underbelly of economic woes. The itinerant van and camper dwellers are the Greek Chorus to Fern’s spotlight.

I am Fern in better economic circumstances and living not in a van but in an Airstream. While the travel equipment makes for good movie visuals, it’s not the whole story. It’s the people who are the story. Not everyone who travels as a nomad…

We’re in a precarious position as a country, halfway between pandemic dystopia and recovery utopia. Consider that January 21, 2021, was an immense political pivot point that created a vacuum. For 81 million people it was the culmination of overcoming a brutal political reign of gaslighting and decisions that were bereft of decency and rational thought. For 70 million people it was a siege of their encampment forcing them to retreat. The result is a stalemate of sorts that has us stuck in a crater. We struggle in that vacuum.

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Imagine a skateboard crater where the skater scales the walls…

Campground Along the Mississippi River in Wisconsin

In August 2020 I got off the road of full-time RV travel and found shelter in a senior citizen apartment complex. I am grateful such things exist because it is the only place where I could afford to live alone in one of the highest-cost housing markets in the country. I did this to be safe and near family during the Covid pandemic. 2020 was too uncertain to roam around the country as a solo traveler. Not knowing what was going to happen with campgrounds state-to-state was wearing on my mental health. Little did I know what was coming.


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Immediate gratification is our national obsession and it has come home to roost. We want to be “over” this pandemic and be able to do whatever we want whenever we want. Unfortunately, the virus doesn’t care what we want.

We are selfish people. We want it now and anyone who tells us differently is wrong. We don’t care if it is a scientist or doctor telling us. We don’t care if it is our parent or family member telling us. We don’t care if it is an elected official telling us. I want, so I will. You can’t stop me…

I live the life of wanderlust, a traveler who comes and goes as she pleases. Except now — when a biologic virus upends the world and forces everyone inside.

I’m parked, for the duration. I’m at risk, and my lust for travel does not exceed my lust for living. I have 25 feet from front to back in which to while away the hours.

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Today is like a hurricane in a snowstorm. I can’t see what’s out there but I’m told something awful is coming. I need to see the other side of this.

What will we carry into the post-corona world that we will pass on for generations? I’ve learned how to DIY a face mask, create meals from what’s left in my pantry, use all types of technology, software, and apps to communicate and stay connected to the world, and understand the realm of epidemiology.

While in isolation, sheltering in place, and practicing physical distancing, I think about a time horizon that…

Everyone I talk to says the same thing. Everything is so uncertain. I don’t know what will happen and I’m anxious. I can’t make plans. All my plans are falling through. What will happen?

Humans are planners because we like to identify patterns and make things mean something. Because of that we assume we have some kind of ability to control the future, some kind of certainty exists. If it’s on my calendar — it’s real and it will happen.

But we must think about whether the future was ever certain. Just because we live as if it is, doesn’t…

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The term “vulnerable” is used daily now and represents all types of people who seem to be more susceptible to developing life-threatening conditions with covid-19 than the general population. Who are they?

The elderly are the first group — some say over 70, some say over 60.

People with underlying conditions — heart disease, diabetes, lung problems — isn’t that a huge swath of the over 40 population?

People with compromised immune systems — people on chemo or bone marrow transplants, lupus, RA or other autoimmune disorders, H-IV, and other specialized conditions.

On March 23 the Lt. Governor of Texas…

It’s official. March Madness will be basketball and no madness in the stands. It’s the right thing to do.

It’s overwhelming. Pandemics don’t come along that often here in the U.S. Glad of that. But there are answers.

I came across what seems to be a reasonable and logical assessment of the spread of the virus and dealing with it — it’s called flatten the curve. When the pandemic spreads quickly because it is not contained, the number of cases spike. That spike of so many very sick people at one time, overwhelms the medical apparatus. Not enough ventilators, not…

a writing prompt from Elle Beau ❇︎ based on

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What it means to be a lady is to not be me. At least that is what they would tell you. I wear jeans and a t-shirt every day. But it’s not lady-like now, is it?

I don’t wear makeup and haven’t for years. I don’t look like a lady, do I?

I wear comfortable shoes because heels are painful. But a dress should be worn only with heels. At least for a lady who looks like one, right?

I wear very little jewelry and temporary tattoos of inspirational sayings. That’s not very lady-like, is it? …

Robyne Stevenson

I travel the country in my Airstream meeting people and enjoying life. I’m a writer. I was a Professor of Politics. Things change.

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