–An impromptu trip to that treasure trove of a store, ABC Carpet and Home. Oh my God. So much eye candy. And a fabulous bonbon made of white chocolate and hazelnuts topped it off.

— Putting a piece of my book manuscript in the mail to an agent.

— This message in a Christmas card from a special friend: Listen to your inner voice. If you can’t hear it, sit still long enough and you will.

— The feel of blasting heat when leaving the bracing cold outside and heading indoors.

— The big, white moon suspended way above the icy, gray cityscape.