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The environmental community talks about “point source pollution control”, or cleaning up close to the point of origin. Visualize a toddler with a chocolate ice cream cone. Experiments with conserving heating oil have taught me something obvious: keeping body heat close to the body keeps one warm.
Going into December is a daunting experience. When the kitchen thermometer hits fifty and the sun never rises over the roof to the south, I feel apprehensive, but a couple of layers of cashmere T-shirts, wool long handles, and state of the art field gear from The Great Big Hiking Co-op topped with a hat keep me functioning.
The body learns how to stay warm. December conditions that challenge a complacent summer metabolism morph into January’s relief and delight in the same circumstances.