March 21, 2018

Spring Joins Us Together

Replica of H. D. Thoreau’s 150 sq. ft. cabin at Walden Farm, where the author was born in 1817.

"The setting sun is reflected from the windows as brightly as from the rich man's abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace." 

- Henry David Thoreau

Spring weather comes slowly to the Atlantic coast, but that today is officially the first full day of spring is undeniable. We have not had our first robin or hummingbird yet, but I have been watching the Sun slowly move from its winter resting place in the south toward where it is today - setting directly on the western point of the compass.

As the Sun continues its path north things will warm and our days will stretch out in a joyous northern celebration of not having to worry about your tongue sticking to cold metal objects any more.

Light, heat, and life return. We made it through another winter.

Spring/Fall equinox is always a special event, in that it creates a brief global photonic equality. Equinox means "equal night" which also means equal day. On the day of an equinox, daytime and nighttime are of approximately equal duration all over the planet.

It doesn't matter who you are, or where you are, you enjoy the same sunlight as everyone else today.

That joins us all together, and I like that.

Happy spring/fall, everyone.


  1. Sending you leafy, autumnal greetings from Australia.

    1. Franny and Danny,

      Thank you. Happy fall to you.

  2. Happy Spring! We had 5 inches of snow yesterday. I looked out the window to see a chubby robin, sitting in our tree, looking perturbed at the cold weather. Here in the upper Ohio valley we had an early start to warm weather only to be reminded, with this snow storm, that it winter wasn't quite ready to let go.

    1. Marla,

      It was white-out conditions for most of today. I might get in one more snowshoe before it warms up. How awesome to see a robin in your tree. Last spring waves of robins went through our area. Hundreds of birds covering every lawn.

  3. Anonymous3/22/2018

    Happy Spring. As we are currently in a cold snap I spent my day in the basement with my plants and seeds that I grow under lights. I had 2 trays germinated and needing to be moved from the heating cable tray to the bright lights.
    I talk to my wee seedlings...telling them mostly that I'll be eating them in a few months...they seemed fine with that :)


    1. Marie,

      That is exciting, to have things growing already. I've heard that plants grow better when you talk to them.


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