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In case you weren’t aware: winter has arrived. It’s cold. And by cold, I mean snowy and sharp-edged, with slick patches on the sidewalk and bitter wind chills as I walk through Harvard Square in my down coat. (We have, thank goodness, had mostly blue skies this week.) The weather forecast is calling for more […]

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  Here is another thing I did not know before I moved from Texas to Boston: Northeastern winters require constant calibration. In west Texas, winter is short and fairly consistent: chilly and (mostly) dry, with occasional cutting winds that sweep down from Canada, whipping around the corners of buildings and rattling the bare branches of shrubs and […]

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We are (it’s hardly news) buried in white and gray over here. Dingy snowbanks edged in dirty, blackened ice. White skies blanketed in clouds that foil the sun’s feeble attempts to shine through. Road salt stains on my (black) snow boots. This week had a three-day stretch where we didn’t see the sun. (Though the […]

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I’m not a big TV-watcher…except in the middle of winter. My husband and I do watch Castle together on Monday nights, and our collection of Friends DVDs is well-loved. But in the summer and fall, you’re more likely to find us eating dinner on the balcony, sprawled out in the living room reading, doing the […]

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My husband is a focused, determined shopper. Like many men I know, he is generally not interested in browsing. I have finally managed to convince him that bookstores were meant to be browsed, though he usually picks out one book and starts reading it while I wander the aisles. But if we’re at the mall, […]

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The bitter cold continues. I have reminded my husband at least a dozen times this week that I never want to live anywhere colder than Boston. Then I turn around and remind my concerned relatives in Texas that yes, I have to get out when it’s seven degrees, because I have to go to work. […]

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The best way out is always through. —Robert Frost It. Is. So. Cold. That’s almost all I’ve been able to think about, since the latest cold front swept in on Monday night and left us with a weather forecast of highs in the twenties or teens, and lows in the teens or single digits, all […]

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It’s no secret I’ve been fighting the midwinter blues lately. Although we’ve had mild temps and hardly any snow (so far) this winter, this is still the time when tights and scarves and sweaters start to pall a bit. I’ve worn all my cute winter outfits (and mixed the pieces around to create new ones), […]

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The days were growing longer, but the cold was more intense. Father said: “When the days begin to lengthen / The cold begins to strengthen.” —Farmer Boy, Laura Ingalls Wilder Brrr. That’s me shivering, because I’m well into my second Northeastern winter, and while it began mildly (thank heaven!), the lows have started dipping into […]

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Since the weather turned chilly in, oh, November or so, I’ve been obsessed with knitwear. Mostly hats and snuggly cardigans and big, cozy cowls and scarves. I find myself staring at people on the T because of what they’re wearing on their heads or wrapped around their necks. If it’s an unusual stitch pattern or […]

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