Last week brought our first measurable snow of the season, and the first power outage. The year is turning to the final weeks before slipping away into history. much as the snow has begun to melt and seep into the unfrozen ground. December always seems to run down quickly as if in a mad rush to reach its’ end. The frantic holiday activities, the burst of decorations and the early evening darkness, all seem to conspire to hurry us out of this old year as if we are a guest that has stayed too long.