I have been making big plans for how I’m going to spend another summer of limited travel and quasi-lockdown in my little suburban backyard. See, for at least five years we’ve had a small fire bowl set up in our yard. It has served the purpose of gathering friends and family around some burning logs, roasting some marshmallows on warm summer evenings, and sipping cold beers under the autumn twinkle of a clear night and the glow of a warm backyard fire. We even kindled it up this last New Years Eve, sipped hot chocolate in the winter chill and ceremonially burned our 2020 calendar. Good riddance! But after five years, and yet another long cold winter in the harsh…

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