Carol A. Hand


wind-sculpted snow


beneath sun’s winter glow

frosty views

as I peer below

so-o-o-o grateful

there’s no place

I need to go


A view from above – December 30, 2017



We are still living with frigid temperatures and wind chill warnings. Today the high is -6 F (-21 C). Tonight, the forecast is – 18 F (-27 C). Until I moved here, I didn’t really pay attention to wind chill warnings. But the winds are fierce on this side of Lake Superior. Now, I listen to the warnings.

“Dangerously cold wind chills are expected. The dangerously cold wind chills will cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. Expect wind chills to range from 25 below zero to 45 below zero.” (National Weather Service)


41 thoughts on “Cold

  1. Brrrrr…

    So beautiful and so brutal.

    It doesn’t get as cold here in NY, but lately we’ve had highs around 20 degrees and lows in the low teens and it’ll hit single digits next week. The buildings of NYC create wind tunnels like a river cutting through a forest. Broadway and Chambers St. channel wind from NY Harbor and the Hudson River and on windy days the cold bites so hard it hurts. I’ve walked backward along snowy sidewalks occasionally looking back to not walk into someone. 🙂

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    1. A great way to describe the weather here. It is “beautiful and so brutal.” I have been in NYC during winter and I experienced the wind tunnels you described so well. Chicago, too. But in a matter of months, it will change…

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      1. I’ve never experienced a Chicago winter. I spent a week or two there once in Autumn and enjoyed it.

        I took a walk today from Hell’s Kitchen (49th St & 10th Ave.) to Penn Station (33rd St. & 8th Ave.) I did a bit of reading and writing and exchanged a few text messages on my cheap phone. As I was about to leave I saw a woman looking through food scraps in a garbage can. Her ankles were bloated and the exposed skin below her coat were damaged from living outdoors in this brutal weather. I gave her money, but wished I could do more. She wanted me to get her a job – anything, even construction. On the walk back to 49th St. I was so numb from thinking about what homeless people do in this, “the greatest country in the world”, that I didn’t feel the cold as intensely as my earlier walk to Penn Station. My heart is still a bit heavy. Things like that are why I write about my observations and try to enlighten people to what is going on around us every day.

        Your blog helps me come closer to a sense of balance (though I’m far from it) as I struggle to keep a peaceful perspective on life on this planet. Thank you for that. 💞

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        1. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible ability to listen deeply to others with respect and compassion. You do touch hearts although you may never know how many or with what consequences. As I read of your encounter, I could feel the depth of sadness that reminded me of Parker Palmer’s discussion of living and acting in the tragic gap. I’m including a link to his brief discussion: I’m not sure if reflecting on his ideas will help, but It’s something I often find helpful. I am deeply grateful to you for caring and acting with integrity and compassion and for sharing what you see and do with others.

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        2. Thanks for the link. I enjoyed that talk very much. 🙂

          On one side of that divide are people who either sell out and “go for the gold” or submit to apathy and complacency in a blind acceptance of greed as inevitable.

          On the other side seems to be a group of people who become somewhat irrational (or weak?) and allow emotion to get the best of them. I think it’s easy for someone who cares to temporarily fall into the latter group. It’s necessary to continually assess our words and actions and to understand the balance needed to traverse this crazy world without becoming irrelevant.

          I don’t know, maybe that’s just a simplification. I don’t want to cheapen what he said. It’s something everyone should listen to. Again, thank you for the link. I put the it in my notes. 😀

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        3. I’m glad you found Palmer’s framework useful. It’s a good starting point to help balance what it feels like to witness the suffering of goodhearted people because of heartless systems, what you know the world could/should be doing for people, and what you can realistically do to help bring those possibilities into being. It’s why we need each other for support. 🙂


  2. We aren’t that bad here yet, Carol, but we’re not that far off either. We haven’t had sustained cold like this for several years. We’ve had winters with snow accumulations that lasted for weeks, but I haven’t seen this kind of cold, this early, since my college days, when the dinosaurs still roamed.

    That dog-gone global warming. If it don’t stop warming soon, I’ll freeze to death!

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      1. Is there still a doubt, Tube? The dinosaurs couldn’t take the unwarranted arrogance and unclean nature of our generation, so they did a mass suicide. It was hippie baby-boomers that killed the beats!

        The entire comet calamity scenario is just more faux science fodder!

        I was glad to see the dinosaurs go, have you ever tried to get t rex doo-doo off of your boots,, or did the dinosaurs roam near Height Ashbury?

        Speaking of dinosaurss, Tube, how the heck are you?

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    1. Given a choice of weather extremes, I prefer the snowy deep-freeze to tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, and wildfires that have devastated so many communities around the globe this year. I don’t know enough about historical weather patterns to reach any informed conclusions about past times and global trends. But I do know that global deforestation and pollution have many serious consequences, even here. I try to breathe shallowly on the days when the wind is blowing from the east carrying putrid toxic fumes from industries that border the lake and river on my side of town.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your first winter responses to Canada, Cynthia. It only takes about 10 minutes for my nose to freeze in this weather. I feel so sorry for my tiny dog hopping about on 3 feet when he has to brave the cold. ❤

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    1. Ah, one never knows whether to believe the news media these days. It was clod, but a bit warmer when I read your comment – it was actually only – 15 F with a wind chill of – 27. But I did take your wise advice. 🙂

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  3. Wow, Tubularsock is also experiencing a cold trend in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tubularsock had to put on a jacket yesterday and stopped going barefoot. Oh and yes we had a wind the other day too.

    -18F …….. what exactly is that? Sure wouldn’t go surfing in that weather!

    Carol, good luck and stay warm if that is possible and Tubularsock will think of you this evening when he drinks his cups of hot Sake. Take care.

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    1. Oh, and I forgot, Happy New Year, Carol, Tube and all the others who stop here! I hope 2018 is better than 2017 for all of us and the rest of the people on earth!

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    2. It’s good to know California is a bit cooler these days, Tubularsock. -18 F is really not barefoot weather if you value your toes. 🙂

      Sending my best wishes and hope you enjoyed your celebratory Sake.


    1. Thank you so much for your kind and lovely comments, Hanneke, and for your blessings. I wish you a peaceful, wonder-filled year, too, and look forward to more of your creative ideas and exquisite artwork. ❤


    1. I do believe we will discover that our DNA affects the climates and environments that are most suitable for us, Rosaliene. Mine comes primarily from peoples of the north. I know I can’t live long in places that don’t have distinct seasons, or forests and lakes. And hot, humid summers have been excruciating for me. But this winter weather is still dangerously cold!


  4. Happy New Year Carol. I know that the warmth within is what keeps you centered. The cold outside is a real metaphor for the external world we live in. So we tend the warmth of our hearts and over time, the world outside warms with and to us. Be well…and warm, dear Carol. 💕

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    1. Thank you so much or your kind, lovely comments, Natalie, and for your new year blessings. The forecast for the next week is a warming trend, but today that’s a bit hard to believe. It’s still finger-freezing cold. 🙂

      I send my best wishes to you and your family for a peaceful, wonder-filled year, dear friend. <4

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  5. There are some good things about the brutal cold weather. When you are outside, it’s so quiet, there is very little activity. Small animals, if there is snow, are usually bennethe it in their tunnels. Large animals huddle together to keep warm. People stay inside if they do not have to go out.

    Hot tea, coffee, or soup and blankets keeps a body warm. But I am sure
    you know this. It’s the hands and fingers that suffer most.

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  6. A lovely description of what I miss most about the cabin in the woods and wetlands where I used to live, Eddie. Cold in the city neighborhood where I live now is rarely quiet – traffic and sirens by day, snow plows scraping the parking lots in the middle of the night accompany the rumble of trains. Yet even the busyness of life brings different gifts. I send you my best wishes and thank you for your thoughtfulness. ❤


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