Nothing settles my troubled mind and makes me feel grounded like getting out in the woods and doing a hard day’s work.

Out here in the woods there are no politics. No elections. No pandemics. No people. And best of all, no Twitter.

Just you, nature, a chainsaw and a job to do.

The sense of accomplishment when you drop a tree, cut it into rounds, split and stack it for firewood as winter approaches is off the charts.

And, as an old friend once said, every day with a chainsaw is a good day.

True that.

Talk about activities to keep you sane.

Moving from the beaches in L.A. to the mountains in the Bay Area 25+ years ago was the best move I ever made. I mean, we’re still just 20 minutes from the beach so it’s not like we’re landlocked or anything.

I do feel sorry for everyone stuck in matchbox city apartments like the one I grew up in. It can’t be easy to stay sane and survive the lockdowns in one of those.

Here’s a tip from captain obvious but you’d be surprised how few people do it: if you’re feeling a little claustrophobic, go outside and do something. It’ll make all the difference.

Hoping you’re all managing to stay safe and stay sane.