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1/23 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

January 22, 2013

Old Man Winter has moved to MI Town and it looks like he's unpacked his suitcases and plans to stay for a few more weeks.

These frosty early mornings can make drives or walks to school and work an unplanned and sometimes eventful adventure. Brave, hardy souls who bundle up and are not deterred from those morning walks have noticed more slippery sidewalks and frosty streets as part of the daily workout. Some mornings all our reflexes are challenged as we venture out into the cold and quiet day, and we need to take extra care to prevent a nasty fall on a slippery sidewalk or a fender bender on the icy roads.

Let's all remember to take a few extra minutes to be sure we are prepared before we set out on these cold and frosty days.

One good thing about reaching this point in winter is that we are getting just a bit more daylight in the morning and some afternoon sunshine -- on the days we actually see that big orb in the sky -- than we had even a couple of weeks ago.

The first green tendrils of springtime bulbs are making an appearance here and there, which always gives our hearts just a bit more hope of the brighter season that's really just around the corner.

Looking for something to do? Load up the car with friends or family and visit faraway places with strange sounding names in the comfort of our local movie theater. And when was the last time you got a group together for an afternoon or evening of bowling? If you don't have a clue as to how to play the game, that makes it even more fun -- and the laughter will brighten any winter day.

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Wednesday (today) is John Hancock's birthday. Since Hancock was president of the first Continental Congress and the first to sign our Declaration of Independence, the choice of his birthdate is a perfect designation for National Handwriting Day.

Some would agree that there are far too many national (fill in the blank) days. Because of that they somehow all blur into one another and their individual significance is lost. But there is something about handwriting that is almost becoming a lost art. How many of us text message or email to friends and family about significant events in our lives, and never take up pen and paper except to write an occasional thank-you note?

Remember collections of old letters tied with ribbons from long ago ... or correspondence from family members from wartime? We need to encourage letter writing so that future generations can have those experiences. It's also another great indoor activity to chase away the winter blues.

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