Of course, there is also the natural world - admittedly, the stark beauty of fall and winter can be very persuasive. I can be held captive by fall's brilliance and then winter's bareness. The ice and rain make the world even more visually interesting and I can remember to keep my camera with me at all times. Eyes open is the way to make it through the dark times.
And November and December have the holiday mood to either bring me down or bring me up. The plastic commercial stuff - thumbs down. The cigar stands and traditional music can either add to the ride up or push me off the edge - depending on the mood of the moment. The cold and rain make the inside warmth and colors more appealing and maybe that's why the whole Jesus's birthday thing was created. I am not really coming up with any new ideas here. Once again, the bottom line is everything changes. Bundle up and before you know it, February will crack winter's shell and we will begin to feel spring. Yahoo!