At this writing, the Midwest—and specifically, what is now known as “Chiberia”—is in the grip of a post-snowstorm spate of sub-zero days (and when I say “sub,” I mean 30 to 40 degrees below zero) that has disrupted transportation, closed schools and forced folks to stay home.

Luckily for me, my employer, Summit Professional Networks, is work-at-home friendly, so at this writing, I’m sitting in my living room, laptop on lap and cup of tea at hand, wearing sweatpants, heavy socks, a hoodie and several underlayers, with Ralph and Keaton The Dachshunds curled up next to me.

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