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January 5, 2007
It is snowing hard tonight; the air thick with flakes, thicker even than the white atmosphere inside your average snowglobe. This encircling opacity is typical in winters when the Western states get the cold and the wet and the Eastern states the warm and dry. Blame it on El Nino or the meddling aliens, or the dreaded Global Warming, but cherry trees are blossoming in the Capital, filling their particular globe with a glowing pinkish purple haze. As the cherry trees flower in the sunlight, their snow-weighted hemlock kin bow low in the shadows, nodding their canopies to the East.