by Joseph Horn
Winter is a lot of things for a lot of different people. For some, it is an opportunity for outdoor recreation, from skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and ice fishing to snowmobiling. For others, it is an opportunity to hunker down with a pile of good books next to a roaring woodstove and take a respite from the hustle and bustle of the short northern summer months. And for still others, winter and its constant battle of ice, snow, and keeping warm cannot end soon enough.