Brian’s picks

1) True-confessions time: I didn’t know celebrated glass artist Dale Chihuly from Dale Evans before I moved to Columbus. Granted, some might say his ego can be as large as his whimsical, swirling pieces known worldwide.  Maybe so. But now that the holiday rush is done, it could be a good time to slow down and revisit his screaming Yellow Chandelier at the Columbus Area Visitors Center and his Sun Garden in Suspended Circle at the Columbus Learning Center and be inspired once more.

2) Determine to conquer the cold with your family. Bundle up, hit the People Trail at Mill Race Park and hoof it along the paths next to Jonathon Moore Pike and a collection of local eateries. Pick a spot for a quick warm-up and hot chocolate — and a nice sugar buzz to speed your way back to your car at the park. You head home gaining togetherness time and losing a few calories.