A sweet things happened after the snows began. I received a note from a complete stranger - Tana - in Eagle River, Alaska. I don't know if you've run across a website sponsored by Popular Front, called "Snow Days." The site lets you "cut" virtual snowflakes out of virtual paper, using virtual scizzors, attach a message to them if you'd like, and then send them off into a virtual sky to fall. When you see one you like, you can "respond" to it by attaching your own message, which is emailed back to the flake creator. I sent out a message that simply said, "holed up in my home stranded, a few feet of snow in front of my garage door," and received condolences from a woman named Tana in Alaska!
Here's my suggestion for a great New Year's resolution. Choose a carbon footprint calculator and calculate your estimated carbon footprint. Then set a goal, like reducing your carbon footprint ten percent in 2010. Figure out how many carbs a month you'll need to reduce your consumption by in order to accomplish that goal. Now, over the coming year, use the Ecofx calculator to help make decisions to achieve your personal goal.
Here are some personal footprint calculators to consider using:
The Nature Conservancy: http://www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/calculator/