Letter From the Assistant Editor
By Ashley Herber
I am from Colorado, and I miss the sun. It turns out, Colorado sees the sun approximately 300 days a year, and Washington sees the sun for only about 152 days. [1-2] This is abysmal, and because my favorite hobby is to lay outside, soaking up some sunshine, my mood is also, sometimes, abysmal. How do you native Washingtonians do this every year?
If you need help surviving the winter, check out our articles this week, which cover topics like seasonal depression, happiness, and service—also, I hear that our new podcast episode on mental health is pretty good (wink, wink).
Whatever you do, check in on yourself, be kind to yourself, take care of yourself. When the sun refuses to shine on Walla Walla, we must find a way to create our own sun, our own happiness, for ourselves and for others. To end, here are some comforting words from The Beatles:
“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun do, do, do, do
Here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right.” 
- Colorado.com staff writer. (2022, Jan. 7). Colorado weather. Colorado. https://www.colorado.com/articles/colorado-weather#:~:text=With%20300%20days%20of%20annual,planning%20your%20next%20Colorado%20adventure
- Climate in Seattle, Washington. Best Places. https://www.bestplaces.net/climate/city/washington/seattle
- The Beatles lyrics. Azlyrics. https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/beatles/herecomesthesun.html