January is ebbing away, but winter still has a tenacious hold on us. Next week we are supposed to have the coldest days of the year. As long as I am warm and cozy I don't mind it so much, but my students are like colts kept too long in the barn: they need to get outside in the pasture to run around. Somehow running around in a gym is not an equivalent to fresh air and sunshine in the great outdoors. But we will hunker down, soldier on, all of those expressions of fortitude that one must have when one chooses to live in Wisconsin.