Category Archives: Reflections

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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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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Best Songs about Winter: Images of Nature in Holiday Songs

I love listening to Christmas songs and songs about winter! So I thought I would spend a little time reflecting on what popular American Christmas carols and other holiday songs suggest about our feelings about nature. Which songs will I … Continue reading

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Favorite things about Winter in Milwaukee (informal poll results)

I had a good time once again at the Urban Ecology Center’s Candlelight Walk! Since that event was a gathering place for winter-lovers, I thought it would be a good opportunity to survey people about their favorite things about winter. … Continue reading

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Anticipation of early snow: savor it, and hold on to it.

We have not had much snow yet this winter, and so in some ways we still have that feeling of ‘first-snow-anticipation.’ The moment when the first snowflakes fall is a kind of magic time when so many people – look … Continue reading

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Why write about winter in the city?

You might be wondering why a blog about winter is based in a major city, rather than in a rural area – or in someplace further north. Well, that is a topic that I hope my reflections throughout this winter … Continue reading

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