Monday, December 05, 2005

Rattenberg says, Let there be light

Rattenberg, Austria, is a town that's stuck in the shadow of a mountain all winter long. After hundreds of years of complaining, the townsfolk have decided to take the drastic step of constructing giant mirrors on a nearby hillside to reflect precious sunlight into town.

So while the denizens of Rattenberg are going to such extraordinary lengths to get their winter sunlight, let us all pause a moment to remember how important that daily dose of sunlight is for our all-around well-being. At work, for instance, the cold may make us less likely to go for that lunchtime walk, but we need to balance comfort with our body's need for good old natural sunlight.

—Mellow Monk

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