Cold weather has been in the news to start this new year.
Thanks to climate change, it's warmer in Alaska than in parts of the Lower 48 states. Sleet fell in Houston, and snow fell in Georgia. A massive Nor'easter hit Boston and New York. Meteorologists are giving tutorials on layering. Warming shelters are opening in Atlanta. Bombogenesis and bomb cyclone have become part of our common vocabulary, like polar vortex.
"Where's your global warming now?" in the middle of a deep freeze is not even a joke. These severe cold spells are part of the pattern of a warming climate.
But today, there is a break in the subzero wind chills, as temperatures are forecast above freezing. The dusting of snow on top of freezing rain is melting in the sun. The sound of the dripping is pleasant. The air feels almost like spring!
There will be more cold to come, for sure. And if you are feeling a bit winter-weary, what do you do?
Mike Royko famously said the two winter pastimes in Chicago are drinking and brooding. Some would add binging out on Netflix and pizza.
Here are some other suggestions--
Instead of brooding, try a different vibe on Sundays from 4-6 pm. WDCB Public Radio, 90.9 FM. has a new show-- MAMBO CLASSICO CON EL CAOBO. DJ El Caobo plays classic and contemporary mambo, salsa, cha-cha-chá, Latin jazz and boleros. It's also streaming at WDCB.org. Tune in, it's hot!
Add more colors and green to your life with glass bottles and plant cuttings in a sunny window. You can also try winter bulbs like paperwhite narcissus. They are fragrant and easy to grow. Warning, these bulbs are poisonous to cats! If you have cats, grow cat grass instead. It will remind you of summer, and baseball.
A big sweater, a hot drink, and a good book can offer inspiration. Embrace the elements with Jack London, explore the implications of a warming climate with J. G. Ballard, or get into the heat of politics with the latest bestseller--Fire and Fury!