But while the earth has slumbered, all the air has been alive with feathery flakes descending, as if some northern Ceres reigned, showering her silvery grain over all the fields.

We sleep, and at length awake to the still reality of a winter morning. The snow lies warm as cotton or down upon the window-sill; the broadened sash and frosted panes admit a dim and private light, which enhances the snug cheer within.

—Henry David Thoreau

Enjoy this snow-quiet morning and your snug cheer within. How lucky we are to live in a land of feathery flakes, and some time (sometimes) to reflect on beautiful words. 

Your PPB readers were under blankets last night turning pages with every snowflake. We can’t wait to share our favorite winter reads on Saturday, February 3d so call to sign up for Champagne & Snowflakes (630-765-7455). 

If you are home this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with little ones, and seek some of Thoreau’s “snug cheer within” — stop over today and see our lovingly curated selections, and make plans to spend meaningful time together.