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Mary Schmich: The sun is out. The air feels almost warm. There's a word for that: Apricity

If you live in or near Chicago — or any place where the gray skies have brightened lately and you no longer feel as cold as death — this is the word you’ve been looking for. Even if you didn’t know you were looking for it, it’s the word you’ve been feeling as you sense the change of mood and color, as your mind shifts from despair to something that resembles hope.
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Mary Schmich: Every day at sunrise, 3 Chicago women are ‘swimming through’ the winter in icy Lake Michigan

CHICAGO – It’s minus 2 degrees and the sun hasn’t quite cracked the horizon when Jennefer Hoffmann strips down to her bathing suit. Off with the coats. Off with the snow pants, the sweater, the woolen overalls, the scarf, the Uggs and, finally, the mittens. Keeping her brown knit hat on, she slips her bare skin into the icy waters of Lake Michigan. She raises a sledgehammer.
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Mary Schmich: Looking for the light in the depths of February

Every year about this time, when we’ve reach the psychological pit of winter — when it seems we will always be cold, the ground will always be frozen, the trees will always look dead — I think about the wisdom of Dr. Jadwiga Roguska-Kyts. I’ve told this story before but...
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Mary Schmich: The depths of February

You have 4 free articles left this month. Every year about this time, when we’ve reached the psychological pit of winter — when it seems we will always be cold, the ground will always be frozen, the trees will always look dead — I think about the wisdom of Dr. Jadwiga Roguska-Kyts.
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Mary Schmich: Everybody hates snirt. And if you don't know what that is, read on

We’ve entered the season of snirt. You probably know snirt even if you don’t know the word, which, according to my random interrogations, 99.9% of people don’t. I didn’t know it either until it was introduced to me a few years ago by a snirt obsessive who occasionally sends photos of his snirt sightings and has repeatedly urged me to write about this phenomenon. Today I’m obliging that wish as a distraction from the rest of what plagues us.
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Mary Schmich: Trying to get a COVID vaccine is like playing roulette

It’s a crazy, new game that requires great endurance, an epic tolerance for failure and, above all, luck. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get stuck in a snowstorm near a carload of health care workers who happen to be carrying a few doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that’s set to expire and needs to be used ASAP. That’s how a few people in Oregon scored their shot the other day.
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Mary Schmich: In praise of good neighbors

CHICAGO – My downstairs neighbors, Dan and Allie, announced a couple of weeks ago that they’re moving out at the end of January. “Are you moving out?” I asked, suspiciously, mournfully the day I came down the stairs of our old six-flat to find them coming up carrying boxes. They looked apologetic. They’d just bought a house, they said, and it had all happened fast, and they’d been looking for the right time to tell me. They knew I’d be sad, and not only because their departure potentially leaves me at the mercy of the kind of hooligans who have rented apartment 2F in the past.
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Mary Schmich: A new affliction in the pandemic: Vaccine envy

There. I’ve confessed it. The thought of getting a COVID-19 vaccine makes me impatient, greedy, needy. I yearn for a vaccine the way some people want a mansion or a Tesla or Michelle Obama’s dresses. A friend in California emailed a couple of days ago to say she was likely...