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Dear Mr. Keillor, My husband

December 21, 2004 |

Dear Mr. Keillor,
My husband and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel; our youngest daughter will graduate high school and leave for college in a few short years. We are intrigued by the idea of leaving the East Cost and heading back to the Midwest, specifically Minnesota. Only one problem; I hate snow. I believe my aversion to snow arose on the day of my birth, the end of December in the middle of a snowstorm.

However, on my husband's frequent visits to the Twin Cities area, he has noticed the fact that many downtown areas are connected by elevated walkways. My question: Would it be possible to live an active life in Minnesota and never have to actually touch or feel snow?

Angela Ibrahim
Silver Spring MD

Angela, you certainly could find a high-rise condo connected to enclosed walkways that would let you roam downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul and not touch snow, but such a life would be too weird for words. One can't even consider it. And I'm sure that you've seen plenty of snow in Silver Spring and you didn't need to be enclosed in a bubble. Snow is actually rather cheery, even romantic, and if you came up for a visit in January, you'd no doubt feel the urge to go for a walk and let the snowflakes land on your cheeks and smell the chill in the air. You'd come to associate snow with fireplaces, hearty soup, red wine, reading books in bed under a quilt, and mysterious moonlit nights. You don't want to experience these things from behind glass.

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