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Many of our snowstorms are brutal affairs. Not last night's, as Shanna describes:
... There is no wind, and the soft, translucent snowflakes drift out of the sky just so, catching and dancing with the beams of the streetlamps on their way down. They nestle into the crooks of the trees and along windowsills. They settle over the ground, making a glistening, glitteringblanket, the kind you only see in the movies and ceramic Christmas villages. Each step kicks up just a bit of sparkling powder, and it dusts the tops of my boots as it settles back to soften my intrusive footprints. ...