Last week, on a chilly walk home from the bus stop, I passed a woman who was unloading her car trunk. She had an armload of papers, magazines, and several bunches of flowers. As we neared each other, she reached out with one of the bouquets and said "Here, take these!." I was charmed but puzzled and asked "Why?" "I was just at an event at my church," she said, "and they handed these out. I told myself I'd give one of them to the first person I saw." Since were are about to get smacked by another several-day snowstorm, we are happy to have these bright colors on our mantle.