1) The face of winter.

Winter Goblin – Zurich, Switzerland: A fountain sculpture covered with ice

Winter in La Jolla, California – A surfer in a wetsuit leaves the water with his surfboard as the sun sets on the Pacific Ocean

What winter looks like in my part of the world – Snow removal crews work to clear runways at Philadelphia international airport after a powerful blizzard shut down major airports and railways, stranding would-be travellers

2) Our future

From the Christian Science Monitor, the stories of five young people who are making the world a better place.  These are the kids who represent out future.  I have no doubt they will do a better job than we have.


a. Wyatt Workman, seven, from Glendale, Calif., is a budding environmentalist, clay sculptor, book author, blogger, and auteur. His colorful, six-minute clay-animation movie (“Save the Sea from the Trash Monster!”) is attracting hits on YouTube and at his website, wyattsworks.com.


b. Alexa Peters, twelve, from Andover, Mass, has illustrated a picture book for children called “Cooper and Me,” the story of a young girl very much like Alexa who longs to take her dog with her to her first day of school (cooperandme.com).  Three dollars from the sale of each book goes to the Happy Hearts Fund (happyheartsfund.org).  Alexa hopes to raise $10,000 to help build three schools in Haiti through Happy Hearts.

c. Dylan Stock was in first grade when the Gulf oil spill began last April. He created a website, onestartsmany.com, with help from his mother, Carrie Silver-Stock. “I was really worried about the sea creatures,” Dylan says. “My mom asked me if I wanted to make a website, and I said ‘sure’. And I came up with the name One Starts Many.”

At a November fundraiser he collected $1,145 to send to two Gulf charities, Kids in Need During Disaster (kindd.org), which buys clothing for children in a fishing town hit by the oil spill, and the Audubon Institute in New Orleans (auduboninstitute.org), which treats stranded and injured marine wildlife.

d. Danielle Gram spent her childhood in Maryland in the years following the 9/11 attacks.

In 2006, together with Jill McManigal, a mother of two young children, Gram, then 16, founded Kids for Peace (kidsforpeaceglobal.org), a nonprofit, child-led group that inspires kids to work together toward a more peaceful world.

Today Kids for Peace has more than 75 chapters in several countries. In August, its Great Kindness Challenge, where children try to see how many acts of kindness they can perform in a single day, drew thousands of participants in 50 countries.

e. Jordyn Schara was shocked “to see the insane amount of medication people have in their homes that have been lying around waiting to be abused or stolen.”  But when the 14-year-old in Reedsburg, Wis., asked state officials what she could do to help, they told her she was too young.  That didn’t stop Jordyn. She founded a Wisconsin branch of Prescription Pill Drug Disposal (p2d2program.org). She organized a drug drop-off day for her town, and recruited pharmacists and police officers to supervise the event.


“I was the youngest person, at 14, to apply for and receive a state grant in Wisconsin” to help fund her project, she says.  The Save a Star Foundation (saveastar.org) in Highland Park, Ill., donated a prescription drug drop-off box, the size of a street-corner mailbox, that’s been installed at the police station. Her project has now become an ongoing part of the community.

Question – Thinking about all the people under 18 that you know, or know of, did you think out future will be in good hands?