Gloom, Gloom, Go Away

Winter brings darkness we don't need right now. So let's change the rules

It happens every year around this time: the days grow short, and people get depressed. Both breakfast and dinner are consumed in darkness, and sometimes even the latter half of lunch. By 5 p.m. in the northern tier of states, cars and trucks are driving with their high beams, and by 7 the brightest objects in the landscape are television screens in living-room windows flashing news of the latest random shooting or reminding the public to get its flu shots. The official start of winter in late December may still be six or seven weeks away, but the psychological winter has...

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