In the beginning it was just a thought. The idea of shaded redwood forests passing by as the road leisurely bends towards cascading waterfalls. Or perhaps the vision of a brilliant sunset that glistens across the Pacific Ocean to where I sit with toes buried in the warm sand. Better yet, the sound o...

“Looking down at my frozen water supply I knew winter had come. For good this time.”

The arrival of winter is unpleasant for anyone who chooses to endure it. Here in the Midwest it’s just part of life. Part of our existence here. Most combat the frigid temperatures by living in homes thick with in...