Much of the country is in a deep freeze this week, and we are right in the coldest of it. It’s scary, respect-inspiring, frustrating and beautiful — all at once.

Scary to consider getting stuck out in it somehow, and freezing.

Respect-inspiring for the awesomeness of nature.

Frustrating because it’s physically hard (awful) to be outside in it for long, and I miss being outside.

Beautiful — because the sky is bright blue. The stars at night are amazingly clear. Everything takes on a crystal beauty. You have respect for anything that can survive in this.

It’s a good time to go within. gestate new writing, plan for the future, and appreciate a different kind of beauty.