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Find Something You Like to Do in the Cold—and Cling to It for Dear Life
Kansas Public Radio host Laura Lorson is a Kentucky native, and even though she's lived in Perry, Kansas for 12 years, she has never adjusted to its long winters characterized by "thunder-snow, regular snow, sleet, rain, and mud up to your truck axles." In a commentary for National Public Radio's show All Things Considered, she dubbed the worst part of the season "JanuFeb" and declared, "It may as well come with a warning sign on the calendar that says, 'abandon hope all ye who enter here.'"

We were intrigued, so we asked her to elaborate and discovered her coping mechanism: cooking. "I don't cook a lot in the summer because, frankly, it's just too hot," Laura says. "But anytime I feel really grumpy about winter I'm like, 'Hey—I'll make a braise. Let's stay home, buckle up, and eat meat!'"

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