Hard to believe that two days ago, I turned off the heat and opened all the windows, letting the warm wind blow the white and purple embroidered flower curtains like wisps of angel wings over my room, sending a healing breath to my body. I wake an hour earlier than I want to but rather than linger I get up, make coffee and get ready. Sancho refuses a walk, his age and creaky bones are showing and it is cold. Marley and I walk out into the cold windy air and by the time we get to the end of the street the first flakes of snow are drifting down on us. And by the time we turn the corner on the return trip I hear the sounds of the white throated sparrow, still new enough to me here to cause the nostalgic mental drift to summer in the adirondacks, like angel wings on a troubled mind, sending a healing breath to my mind.