Monthly Archives: January 2012

An appreciation of patchy snow and intermittent cold

I admit I like to look out and see snow covering the ground, as you might imagine from someone calling themselves the Ambassador of Snow. But I believe we should not live our lives just waiting for peak moments. We … Continue reading

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Jan 27-29: winter events this weekend, and winter memories from last weekend

This weekend, some events provide the best chances Milwaukee offers to be out celebrating winter. To be with a group of people who are enjoying themselves. People not merely surviving, not just moving through weather – but taking time to … Continue reading

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Jan 20-22: Big weekend for enjoying, and thinking about, winter!

Now that we have passed the typical coldest average day of the year, and that we have some snow on the ground, it is a good time for ‘winter festival’ season to kick into high gear! Since I do not … Continue reading

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Ice Sculpting in 3rd Ward: part of a big weekend of activities!

Happy Coldest Average Day of the Year in Milwaukee 😉 Winter festival season kicks off in a big way this upcoming weekend, with events in Racine, Waukesha, and at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. I hope to attend at least … Continue reading

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Winter events January 14-16

All weekend Snow! On the ground! All over the area, get out and enjoy it… (You might sled in the parks, or skate at Red Arrow Park, for example.) January 14 Yogaski and Introduction to snowshoeing, at the Urban Ecology … Continue reading

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Wildness of Snowfall Transforms Milwaukee

Part of why I cherish the opportunity to walk around during a snowstorm is how snowfall gives me the opportunity to see the city from quite a different perspective. Snowfall is a time when we are suddenly reminded that we … Continue reading

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What Does Winter Weather Have to Offer Milwaukee?

As you might guess, not everyone I talk to shares my affection for winter. So I find myself having to explain why my appreciation for the unusual experiences of snow and cold outweigh the legitimate challenges winter presents. Winter is … Continue reading

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“Winter” by Adam Gopnik (intermediate thoughts)

Winter: Five Windows on the Season Adam Gopnik. House of Anansi Press, 2011. Loved the first chapter, on “Romantic Winter.” Approaches being the book on this topic I’ve long been waiting for – eye-opening, though probably won’t end up being my … Continue reading

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“Cold” by Bill Streever

Cold: adventures in the world’s frozen places – Bill Streever. Back Bay, 2009. Streever, a biologist who works in Anchorage, writes about Alaska and other cold places. He discusses how animals deal with cold, as well as the tools, clothing, … Continue reading

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Looking Closely at Ice on Shoreline Sand

I took a close look at the ice along the lakeshore this weekend. There are not large or dramatic formations to look at at this point, true. But there are intricate and elegant forms, if you look closely! Note: accompanying … Continue reading

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