A Minneapolis snowbird on winter and its discontents

  • Article by: L.K. Hanson
  • Updated: March 26, 2013 - 6:44 PM

Our relationship with the big chill follows an arc, both seasonally and over the course of a lifetime.

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bizsmithMar. 27, 13 7:55 AM

I used to like winter, cross country skiing, etc. advancing age has made me a confirmed Winter Texan.

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liberallymnMar. 27, 13 8:40 AM

Winter is nice. The end of winter is nicer. However, with the Global Warming hysteria of the last 20 years, it's hard for people to enjoy the snow and cold. Is it colder because of Global Warming, or warmer and snowier because of Global Warming? All I know is that big ball of gas in the sky that provides light and energy has been ebbing and flowing with warmth over the last 4.5 Billion years and it's not going to stop because a few humans think that their SUV is destroying the planet. The decadal cycles that have been occuring every 35-40 years have been occurring for the last 4 billion years and it's not going to stop now. Embrace our winters...they're here to stay....during the winters.

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RedpegMar. 27, 13 8:55 AM

LK Hanson understands MN winters so well. I have been using the word "melancholy" a lot lately! Trips to museums do help -

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pumiceMar. 27, 13 9:03 AM

For me, attached garages made it possible to pretty much avoid winter's cold--to "hibernate" while being out and about. (Of course, dealing with winter driving occasionally reared its ugly head.) Thirty years ago, however, I got a dog. Daily walks have changed my perspective on winter. Three decades of daily walks have also given me the time to wax philosophical about seasons literal and metaphorical.

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FrankLMar. 27, 1311:18 AM

While I thought I would always enjoy a warmer climate, being in Tampa just before Christmas altered my views. It seemed so hard to get into the Christmas spirit when you are getting sunburned and seeing people cutting the grass around their plastic snowmen.

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owatonnabillMar. 27, 1311:53 AM

You live here, you live with winter. Part of the deal. But there are ways to cope. You can complain, which many people do. You can flee, which many of us WISH we could do. Or you can do something to lighten the strain. Owatonnabill and Spousal Unit got into indoor gardening in a big way this winter--OB with traditional dirt and grow lights, SU with a hydroponic setup that she jury-rigged with some plastic covered tubs from Wallyworld and a couple of air pumps. We've been eating things like fresh romaine lettuce, baby bok choy and various herbs since early January. Does wonders for the winter blues!

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supervon2Mar. 27, 1312:20 PM

Put in a Sauna and go in there when you feel the chill getting to you. You can't believe how much better you feel afterwards.

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northhillMar. 27, 13 2:36 PM

Last March I wore short sleeved shirts on my daily walk; this year I wonder when I can put away my winter coat.You never know what March will be like in Minnesota.In 1981 it was 80F the last weekend in March and snowed the first week in April. California and Hawaii can't offer such a variety.

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