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Norman Rockwell
Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Mass., is a classic place to curl up
Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Mass., is a classic place to curl up

It's been a mild winter in the Northeast so far and I, for one, don't like it. I miss those exciting blizzards that hit the region almost nonstop from Christmas to Presidents Day. I moved from Rome to New England in 2011, and everything was fine until early November when a man in a pickup stopped by my house to ask whether I wanted him to plow the drive. I must have looked blank, because his eyes narrowed and he said that it was going to be a long, hard winter. I told him no and closed the door, then got to thinking about winter. I mean real below-zero, white-out winter that severs power lines and traps people indoors. The prospect unnerved me until I remembered something a...

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