Many of us are thankful we can stay indoors during this freeze, connected to the outside world via our internet and various electronic magical technologies. But wasn’t it wonderful (and slightly reassuring) to find the mail delivered to our homes yesterday? They don’t often get to prove their mettle here in Dallas, but yesterday I was truly impressed. They are not kidding about that rain/sleet/snow promise.

Another old-school industry, the daily newspaper, is also delivering the goods. The thing about the mail and the newspaper is that it forces me (or perhaps not me, but my better half) out into the actual cold to gather it inside.