What's New? Extreme Weather

As we look back on 2015, and look forward to 2016, we cannot look away from headlines around the world proclaiming weather extremes of epic proportions. From heat waves to cold waves, from blizzards to tornadoes, 2015 ended with some out-of-control record-breaking weather.

A Season for Giving

As I finish off the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers and say goodbye to the remaining houseguests, I realize (as I do —with a jolt—every year) that the holiday season has only just begun; there are more houseguests, more leftovers, and much gift-giving soon to come.  The very instant that Thanksgiving is over (actually, maybe even BEFORE Thanksgiving is over), the mad rush to buy gifts begins. Black Friday. Cyber-Monday. And then December is upon us, and it seems to flash by in an instant. The holidays are rushing towards us, and there is so much to do to get ready. And we want to give good gifts to the people we love. That long-awaited toy, that special handmade sweater, that I’m-still-not-sure-what-to-get-for-my-father-in-law gift.

Certainly, it is a season for giving.