January 4, 2015 6 a.m.
As I write this column, it is bright and sunny outside, but, oh so chilly. A warm cup of tea, a fuzzy, black cat, and a very satisfying book are all helping to keep me warm. Tea, cats — these are classic wintertime hand and heart warmers. But the book I just finished reading — "Call the Nurse" by Mary J. MacLeod — might not, at first glance, appear either warm or fuzzy. Don't worry; this memoir, which takes place on several of the Hebrides Islands (found off the coast of Scotland), may "feel" bitterly cold and blustery at times when the author describes the islands' harsh climate, but the stories she relates are imbued with warmth and charm.