This past weekend, it snowed on the Vermont campus! If you’ve still got the chills, or are dreading next winter, or summer is your winter, learn how to survive winter in this now-classic essay by Rebecca Brown in The Stranger:

“It’s dark outside so winter inside makes sense. It’s cold so you cover up. It’s stuffy and sweaty inside your clothes but your fingers and face are freezing. The sky is gray and the trees are leafless, they’ve given up, and if there’s a sun it’s very hard to see. The nights are long, they last forever, until you’re supposed to get up and then you can’t. You don’t want to get out of bed or see or talk to anyone. You want to sleep and not wake up. You want to burrow. Things are supposed to get “better” in spring but that isn’t what you want. The winter trees have given up so why can’t you?”

How to Survive Winter with Just Your Own Mind…
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Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown is the author of 12 books published in the U.S. and abroad including American Romances, The Dogs, The Terrible Girls, Gifts Of The Body, Excerpts From A Family Medical Dictionary; a play, The Toaster; libretto for dance opera The Onion Twins; performance piece, Monstrous. Her visual work has appeared in museums in the U.S. and Canada. Brown has received awards from The Stranger, Boston Book Review, Lambda Literary Foundation, and MacDowell, among others. She’s taught in college and university settings in the U.S. and abroad for more than 20 years.

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