Meet a friend at your favorite coffee shop. Ask the barista to whip up your favorite brew. Then sit at a cozy table by a softly crackling fire. Now that’s a setting for wonderful conversation.

And that’s exactly what I did during the lunch hour one day this week. My hearty friend braved the freeways to meet me in my area. We chatted easily about our holidays, career search activities, family life, adjustments, writing techniques, and social media (I learned that you can play Scrabble on Facebook!).

This “coffee and conversation” was an incredible bright spot in the midst of the grey snowy weather.