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G oing out into a blizzard can be a life-affirming experience.

It might even be once-in-a-lifetime. That was the case (so far) for 20 or so teens running and giggling across the southwest corner of the Green during Saturday’s storm. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, they’d come to New Haven for a Model UN conference at Yale and, for many, it was their first encounter with snow. Somehow they still knew to build snowmen, although, endearingly, the bases of theirs were shaped like mountains, not spheres.

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Mardi Gras Madness at the New Haven Free Public Library

Other cool sights on a wintry Saturday: birds lined up on a bench to watch those fledgling snowman-builders; a string of yellow lights hung up under scaffolding, like magic floating candles conjured to show the way forward; a bus stop with geometric windows turned white; streetside trees whose striking lines strike harder with snowy white accents.

Four days later, the city’s still got white stuff coming out of its ears. But unlike that white stuff, we needn’t fall to pieces during a blizzard. We can go out to meet it, face to flake, and delight in the things that meet us along the way.

Photo Key

1. Dominican Model UNers on the Green.
2. Birds on the Green.
3. View from beneath an overhang of the Temple Street Garage, looking north from Crown Street.
4. Scaffolding at York and Crown Streets.
5. Co-op High School, seen from George Street.
6. Intersection of Temple and George Streets.
7. Trees next to The Workshop (1150 Chapel Street).
8. Bus stop on the Green, along Chapel Street.
9. Yale University Art Gallery (1111 Chapel Street).
10. Benches on the Green.
11. Tree outside The Study at Yale Hotel (1157 Chapel Street).
12. Intersection of Park and Chapel Streets.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims.

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Turning down a dream editing job right out of college, Dan instead went into marketing and media sales to better cover the rent. Stints at Spin Magazine and Yahoo! followed. But he kept scratching that writing-and-editing itch—first on the side, then at a couple of startups. Dan is now scratching it as Daily Nutmeg's editor.

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