SAM COOK: This is getting old. We’re denizens of the North. We can take it. But I’ve seen the signs. This winter of deep cold is beginning to crawl through our veins like ice worms. We’re going a little stir-crazy. The walls are starting to close in.
SAM COOK: There is something inside most of us that makes us want to venture into unknown territory to attempt something we’re not sure we can do. Some of us respond to that pull, but many of us find ways to talk ourselves out of pursuing the goal before we ever begin.
Sam Cook column: Two of us were bumbling around at the back of the van, grabbing snowshoes, pulling on face masks, cinching down those areas of heat loss where mittens meet sleeves. Cold. Again. Or still.
SAM COOK: Classy, Don. And classy, Laura. That was the reaction that a lot of folks had when Duluth Mayor Don Ness, with his wife, Laura, at his side, announced at a news conference Tuesday that he would not accept the nearly $20,000 pay raise that the City Council had approved Monday night.
SAM COOK: The other night, when the moon was full, a couple I know looked out their picture window and saw the moon shining down on Lake Superior. They are the kind of people who know how to seize a moment, to really immerse themselves in an experience.
SAM COOK: It was a routine Wednesday evening drive home. November. Dark. I noticed, as I tried to merge into traffic, that a shiny SUV in the nearest lane was veering toward me into the merge lane. I found that a little strange.
Sam Cook column: The hinterland is somewhere far from home, preferably where there is at least a mile between houses as the redtail flies, where the nighttime landscape is dappled with a handful of yard lights below and about a million stars above. And with good people, who still have time to visit.
SAM COOK: The bride is dancing now, dancing with the man she has vowed to spend her life with. She looks beautiful on her wedding night, blond hair spilling down in curly tendrils, blue eyes glinting in the DJ’s lights.
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