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March 15, 2011


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It is nice to hear that there are signs of spring in the midst of this rainy weather. Just like in life, those daffodils blooming in spite of the gloomy rainy weather symbolizes hope.

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Spring arrives in the northern hemisphere this coming Sunday, when the sun crosses the celestial equator and for a brief moment day and night are of equal length. We've been reminded how connected we all are by the destruction and humanitarian disaster in Japan, let alone radiation released from its nuclear plants drifting our way. In times of grief and worry, nature's ancient rhythm of day and night being in balance all over the world is comforting.

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Christina Wilsdon

Thanks for posting this. It HAS been nice to see some signs of spring popping up. I drove by Greenlake the other day and on the east side of it, I had to stop to let a mallard drake cross the road. Why did the duck cross the road? One wonders. To the west lay Green Lake in all its ducky glory, plus a few huge puddles, PLUS it was pouring down buckets...and here is this duck, singlemindedly risking its life to cross the street. Maybe ducks dare each other to do risky things.

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