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This past Saturday was the Chiditarod race in Chicago. Substitute people and shopping carts for dogs and sleds from the Iditarod, add in an entry fee of food donations, before you know it you have 20,000 pounds of food and hundreds of participants providing scenes like this. Plenty more here.

far off warnings

fig. 1 - an iced over metropolitan area

on the bright side, the riverwalk is all yours

The blowing winter snows mix in with loose sand on the beach, giving cutaways like this if you know where to look for them. Of note - the snow reduces the sand’s ability to hold weight, so when you do find a patch of this to walk on, your foot sinks by 4 - 6” instead of what you’re used to at a beach.

The weekend before last I went walking out on Lake Michigan at St. Joseph, MI. “Carefully” was the most important word. There’s next to no snow here, all that long blown clean away. Left behind, mountains of ice.

The Adler Planetarium finds itself enveloped in a steaming Lake Michigan.

The lake deploys its army of ice crystals toward Michigan.

Music’s alright. I like it. Here’s what I really liked, November 2012 - November 2013, with a favorite song from each. Hopefully everyone here can stream from Grooveshark?

10) (self titled) Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Life Is Hard

9) “Ghost on Ghost” - Iron & Wine
Grass Widows

8) “The Bones of What You Believe” - CHVRCHES
We Sink

7) “In Rolling Waves” - The Naked and Famous
Rolling Waves

6) “More Than Just A Dream” - Fitz and the Tantrums
Fools Gold

5) “Pedestrian Verse” - Frightened Rabbit
The Woodpile

4) “All the Times We Had” - Ivan & Alyosha
On My Way

3) “Hummingbird” - Local Natives

2) “The Hurry and the Harm” - City and Colour
Two Coins

1) “Trouble Will Find Me” - The National

Honorable mentions to “Les Reverants” (Mogwai), “Versions” (Zola Jesus), “Shulamith” (Poliça), “Reflektor” (Arcade Fire), “Loud Like Love” (Placebo), “Desire Lines” (Camera Obscura), “I Love You” (The Neighborhood), and “Pure Heroine” (Lorde). So many musics I liked this year!

That post-fall color