Here is a link to my Nature's Notebook column in today's Lakeville Journal, readable with free registration. Fair use excerpt:
"Perhaps one of these frosty nights I will stamp the snow down and build a small fire. I will feed the small flames with bits of dry stuff and shield them from the wind. I will put my three-legged pot to boil and roast sausages on a skillet, and feel the heat of the fire on my face and the frozen night air at my back. The woodsmoke will mingle with the Milky Way and the owls will call from the pines as they prepare to mate. It will be a little touch of the wild in my own backyard, a reminder of the give and take of fire and ice."