"if an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi." -Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence(2003)

Severe Weather Alert

Agreed that it’s almost the end of winter, but then, as they say, it’s not over until it’s over.

My colleague, Brian, sent out these simple but very practically thought out tips for traversing the winter wonderland safely.

(Thanks, Brian!)

Winter tips when walking safely on slippery or icy surfaces

• Wear the proper/appropriate foot gear
• Take small steps to keep your center of balance under you.
• Walk slowly
• Never run on icy ground.
• Keep both hands free for balance, rather than in your pockets.
• Keep your eyes on where you are going.
• Test potentially slick areas by tapping your foot on them.
• Step - Don’t jump from vehicles and equipment.

When these helpful hints don’t work, and you know you are going to slip, try to reduce your potential injury when falling by:

• Roll with the fall. 
• Try to twist and roll backwards, rather than falling forward.
• Relax as much as possible when you begin to fall.
• If you carrying something, toss it away from you. Protect yourself instead of the objects being carried.

And remember, pride goes before a fall!

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