Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Equinox

Earth from Space with Stars

Photo courtesy of DonkeyHotey Flickr Page:

The old button from the Environmental Club days which I just happened to find on Earth Day! It is a little beat up (particularly the ends of the ribbon), but no worse for the wear, I think. And it is one of the few items that I have left from those days, so it carries a lot of great memories for me! Nothing Changes Until You Do!

Here is a picture of a very similar logo, with the same message, that was on the t-shirt that I purchased from the BCC Environmental Club and, if memory serves me correctly, may even have helped to make. There were a few projects like that which club members, myself included, were regularly involved with. It has been so long, however, that I no longer recall specifically if I actually helped to make these or not, although I do believe so, since I remember seeing the process of the t-shirts being dyed. In any case, I loved this t-shirt, and have kept it ever since, even if I do not regularly wear it. Since it was part of my experience with the BCC Environmental Club days, as well as more generally having an environmental theme, it seemed appropriate to share it here. 

"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed."

~Mahatma Gandhi

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."
~John F. Kennedy  

Today was the spring equinox, which means that winter has finally yielded to the more moderate winds of the spring season.

Spring is, of course, the season of new life. Soon, the grass and leaves on the trees will be bright green, and vegetation will bloom. Duck and geese will have marching little chicks behind them, and new life will be in evidence everywhere.

Now, this was hardly the most brutal winter that we have had. In fact, we had ourselves a fairly mild winter here in this part of the northeast, by the greater New York/New Jersey area, and the worst part of it seemed to come in the final week and a half to two weeks. 

Thinking back to some of the winters that I can recall, this one was positively wimpy. Maybe not quite as wimpy as the mildest one, which would have to be the winter of 2011-2012, when we literally had no major snowstorms during the actual winter (we did get one October snowstorm that did some damage in the area, though). 

Still, this was not like some of the rougher winters that we had, either. Not by a long shot. I remember the winter of 1993-94, which was the worst one that I can recall. It snowed maybe a couple of days after Christmas, and from that point onward, it never seemed to warm, and we never went more than two or three days between significant snowfalls. It felt like as soon as we dug out from one snowstorm, there was another one to prepare for. Also, it was very, very cold, and the snow that had fallen would turn to ice, which meant that it never melted, so the snow just kept piling up higher and higher. I remember having to really lift and throw the snow up high in what was feeling like small mountains or canyons of snow creating walls everywhere.

There was also the winter of 1995-96, which was not as brutally cold, and where we did not have the relentless number of snowstorms, but where we actually had a record amount of total overall snowfall. There were the winters of 2002-03 and 2003-04, where we seemed to have numerous annoying snowfalls of small amounts, not enough to close business and/or roadways, but just enough to make things slick and dangerous. And some recent winters, when the temperatures got brutally cold, and we got familiar with the new term, "polar vortex."

Indeed, winter can produce a great degree of stress and annoyances, which is why the spring equinox in particular always feels especially welcome. The rigors and annoyances of the winter at least can make you appreciate the mildness of the warmer spring season, when the arrival of the next winter season is still as far away as one can get. 

And so, I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge this wonderful, natural event. It is perhaps not a holiday, although we will have Earth Day soon. But right now, we should feel good about the arrival of the season of life!

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