Looking north at Lake Ontario, off a backyard deck of a beautiful, toasty-warm home in Kent, New York, about 30 miles west of Rochester — 12.24.08, 6:55 am. (I would have taken this closer to water’s edge, but it’s way too cold to even consider this.)

Moose-canoe bathroom towel rack motifs are more popular in these parts than (I’m guessing, you tell me) in Manhattan, Paris, Rome or Budapest — Wednesday, 10.24.06, 7:05 am