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Winter’s ‘dark days’ can be ‘lustrous,’ too

Jim Dunn
Editor and general manager
Living magazine
Jim Dunn Editor and general manager Living magazine

Winter is not regarded the same by everyone.

England’s immortal bard William Shakespeare seemed to decry the season: “What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen! What old December’s bareness everywhere!” (Sonnet 97); and “Now is the winter of our discontent” (“Richard III”).

American poet Edgar Allan Poe wrote of a “bleak December” in “The Raven.”

Bleak, indeed, if you let the snow, cold, ice, shorter days and wind chills get you down.

A contrary view, voiced by actor Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day,” states simply: “We know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. … I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.”

More days spent indoors allow time for reflection. With Shakespeare’s quote, “What’s past is prologue” (“The Tempest”) in mind, our winter edition of Living magazine presents several peeks at the past, along with stories of the present, as, with the dawning of the third decade of the 21st century, we collectively embark on the future.

Winter is a season that must be endured, but it also can be enjoyed. Our hope is that this issue of Living magazine contributes in some small way to that enjoyment.

— Jim Dunn, editor and general manager, Living magazine

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