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Reasons to love W.Pa., Vol. 3

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Ah, winter bliss

PHOTOS: Tribune-Review News Service

This is picture taken from out Somerset way, and for most people, it portrays something they dread — winter.

But for me, this is sheer beauty. I love the cold and I love winter. And this is simply a beautiful picture.

OK, technically, winter isn’t contained to Western PA, nor is the effect of “hoarfrost” limited to only here. But after tramping around out in the woods in the snow, this picture makes me smile and take a sip of hot cocoa while bundled up in my “Walk the Slank” Slanket.

I’ve sat for hours looking out the window at falling snow, and I always  drift into an extremely peaceful state of mind. It always seems so quiet when it snows, like society just grinds down to halt and notices that it isn’t completely invulnerable to the elements. People hunker down and ride it out, kids rejoice in it, and it’s like it gives us a reason to catch our breath and enjoy the little things — like kids playing or sled riding or holding your loved one for warmth — before resuming the hectic pace our lives.

Related to Western PA winters — the annual blessing of the rivers.

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Let us pray...

To be honest, I’ve seen this picture a zillion times. The Eastern Orthodox Grand Poobah comes out with his spiffy hat and nifty beard to lead a service with the faithful to bless the rivers, which are a huge part of life throughout the region.

But you know, every time I see it, I also get a huge smile on my face and chuckle, because for whatever reason, it reminds me of a scene that you think you’d see in Nepal. Some religious figure with a funny hat in a small village nestled in the mountains blessing a river or a mountain or whatever in some centuries old ritual.

But it’s not. It’s right here, maybe 40 minutes to an hour from where you live.

And that’s pretty freakin’ cool.

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3 Responses to “Reasons to love W.Pa., Vol. 3”


  1. 1 Mike
    January 11, 2010 at 10:28 am

    You would have loved Snowshoe.

  2. January 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Gorgeous!

  3. 3 Lightweight
    January 20, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    That’s a beautiful photo! I love the fresh fallen snow!


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