Jan. 22, 2013 — The past two days my husband, Terry, and I dedicated an hour to chop the snow in front of our house with a pick and shovel it into our pickup. The goal is to set the church van free. It became trapped in a snow bank a few days before Christmas. We have committed to hauling a truckload or two of snow a day until we have chipped and hauled all the snow to the fence line. Our estimated time for the job is one week because we have to work around other obligations.
Jan. 22, 2012 — My favorite class of all time was Fall and Winter Survival, which I took when I was a senior in high school.
The class started in the fall and was taught by the coolest biology teachers, who were also avid outdoor enthusiasts.
We took field trips to local parks and identified native, edible plants — like rosehips and berries.
We learned how to build fires using only one match. This turned out to be very important during our final exam, a three-day survival solo in the backwoods of Maine in January.