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As Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more treacherous weeks of depression for the majority of the midwest dwellers, it's hard not to dwell on the fact that this weather really gets you down. Little sunshine, loads of snow and cold and icy yuckines packed with the frosty punch of brittle wind that chips, chips, chips away at your face, fingers and soul.

It's brutal out there.

For as many times as I prepare a cup of hot chocolate to accompany a good soft blanket and a better book to read on the couch, I also tie up my running shoes and hit the gym. On days where I can go outside without my eyes automatically tearing up in response to the biting chill, I grab the dog and off we go. Either strategy works for me, on most levels, on most days. But then there are those days that nothing works. So I'm learning to embrace it.

I'm hunkering down with the laptop, checking out all the days' funky and fresh and to be truthful, quite disturbing news. Somehow at the end of it all, I feel better about myself. Here...try it...

For starters, check out some of the bluest eyes in the entertainment industry. It's not really news, but you know what they say about looking into someone's eyes and seeing their soul...

In another story of pleading eyes and wrenching hearts, have you been following the human trafficking case out of Haiti these days? Disturbing to say the least, it's a tale of 10 jailed Americans awaiting fate in Haiti as the Church members are accused of trying to take children out of country. Not to make light of the terrible events, but take a look at the before and after photos below. It's amazing what a little public relations does to pull even more emotion out of an already emotionally overloaded situation.

And finally, probably the biggest and best news of the day...or week, rather...as all the news will cease to exist come this Sunday afternoon. Superbowl, folks. I'm talking about the Superbowl. Click here to go to an interactive video that lets you cast your vote for either the Indianapolis Colts or the New Orleans Saints. Click here to go to a story about how the best branding practices can sometimes lead to poor sales, as the NFL sent out cease-and-desist letters to Louisiana t-shirt makers in anticipation of game day sales of non-licensed wears. A shop owner says it's basically the best thing that's happened to her sales since she's owned the shop. Either way, the players, the shoppers and all the other types of consumers alike will play in Miami this weekend...where it's sunny and warm and welcoming and virtually no one can complain about Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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