As I write this we are having our first snowstorm of the season, 50 mph winds, 2 feet of snow expected.  In the morning I can look forward to looking out at the carpet of white from my warm, comfy condo, while my unfortunate neighbors will have to try drive to work on the slippery roads.  Of course if you do have to drive to work it also means you are lucky enough to have a job.

My worst commute in the snow was on a Friday afternoon from Newark, NJ back home to Seymour, CT, a nine hour, knuckle white, ride.  I am very happy to leave that kind of adventure to the young folk.

What has been your worst drive in the snow?

1) Christmas weekend pictures found on the Net:

Sofia, Bulgaria: Bulgaria’s Patriarch Maxim leads the traditional Christmas mass at the golden-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Guardian) 

Heilongjiang, China: Tourists look at ice sculptures during a light test prior to the opening of the Harbin international ice and snow festival on 5 January 2011. (Guardian) 

From Landscape photographer of the year awards – Hordron rainbow, Derbyshire, England by Adrian Ashworth (Guardian)

Xian, China: A Christmas tree installed with lanterns, measuring over 10 metres high, is illuminated beside sculptures of ancient people in the background of the Big Wild Goose pagoda (Guardian) 

2) “Snow” by Carol Anne Duffy,  Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom

Then all the dead opened their cold palms
and released the snow; slow, slant, silent,
a huge unsaying, it fell, torn language; settled,
the world to be locked, local; unseen,
fervent earthbound bees around a queen.
The river grimaced and was ice.

Go nowhere-
thought the dead, using the snow-
but where you are, offering the flower of your breath
to the white garden, or seeds to birds
from your living hand. You cannot leave.
Tighter and tighter, the beautiful snow
holds the land in its fierce embrace.
It is like death, but it is not death; lovelier.
Cold, inconvenienced, late, what will you do now
with the gift of your left life?

Do you look forward to seeing snow in winter?

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