Last Saturday Stony Brook received her first official snow of the season. Some snow had fallen during the night and more was falling as I took the dog outside for her morning routines. It was beautiful to watch. Snow has a way of muffling and quieting the normal sounds, adding an almost sacred quality to the space. My little corner of the world felt still and calm and I thanked God for the beauty of snow-falling and blanketing the ground, the trees, the bushes, even my house.