Sometimes the nature stories and spectacular photos are what we need to wend our way through bad news, sad news, tragic news. The good balances the bad, the beautiful the ugly, the benign the malignant, the hopeless the dreams of harmony on the little planet on which we live.
The snowstorm that fell on the Middle East, on Syria and Jerusalem, might have caused traffic jams, misery, and havoc, but it also brought respite from war and fighting. How heartening to see photos of Syrians (above) playing in the snow, finding joy and laughter, in the war-torn city of Damascus under the tyrannical Assad (Reuters photo on Yahoo). And how lovely Jerusalem in white, covered in snow (top)!