What is important in knowledge is not quantity, but quality. It is important to know what knowledge is significant, what is less so, and what is trivial. (Anonymous in A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy, 14 November)
The snow storm left a significant amount of snow on the ground. The snowflakes always seemed to be small and the wind was never too high. They predicted a record amount of snowfall and they were correct. At our house there was at least two feet of snow on the top of the minivan when we woke up this morning. Melva hired Joaquin to clear most of the snow from the driveway and the parking apron. Melva and I cleared the snow out of the outside basement stairwell and off the cars. Melva wasn't able to go to work today. When we attempted to go to the bank, about 2:00 p.m., I backed into a snow drift in the street at the end of the driveway and promptly got stuck. Neighbors came to help me dig the snow away from the wheels and from in back of the minivan. We put a mat under the right front wheel and the cardboard from a box of Cheerios under the left front wheel. Then I was able to back into Jim's driveway where all four wheels were on pavement. That did the trick.