Didn't last week's snow make you feel so... "Christmasy?" It's funny how the quiet and the white stuff made me stop and think about what I love at this time of year. Lots of deer sightings. Lights twinkling through the snow flakes. And while I stood out on the back patio watching the yard turn from the stark empty flowerbeds of fall to lush white fluffy winter, I also remembered how lucky I am to live here. We've got a community that for the most part embraces everyone, but most especially at this time of year. The Spokesman Review's Christmas Bureau is busy raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to help those in need. Toys for Tots, Trees of Sharing, and those ubiquitous bell-ringers and their red buckets are all evidence that there are people in need and we're a community of people who like to give. So despite the fact that snow means more and more I'll be on foot and off my bike, I love Spokane for different reasons in the winter... most especially for the quiet snow that causes each of us to be a little less selfish, a lot more reflective and a whole lot more generous in spirit. Don't you agree?