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'Tis the Season - May 2015

It's spring...a much anticipated season, especially here in Minnesota where our senses are dulled for so many long months. Sun-starved describes it best. Not enough natural vitamin D. We long to have the windows open, hear the happy exchange of the birds who decided to come back after all, and....for those of us who are lovers of the soil...pull out our long-awaited packets of seedlings. Yes! New life! Reminder of eternal hope!

 

No one feels this more than the farmer. The minute weather permits, he is in the field plowing up the soil, digging down deep and turning it over so it faces the sun. Brown hard dirt is replaced by rich, thick, moist, black soil. He knows that without tilling the soil, it will not (in fact cannot) bear a crop. It must be turned up before it is ready to receive the seeds, the sun, the rain, and…yes, even the lightning that replaces the nitrogen. It must be able to breathe. Without the farmer, the soil is nothing but...soil.

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Play Ball!

Spring!  Here in the northeast, spring has finally sprung!  Temperatures have risen into the 70s.  The sun has reintroduced itself, thawing the weary denizens of winter’s harsh sting.  Tiny buds can be seen on some trees and bushes, barely perceptible, but nevertheless very encouraging.  A symphony of bird songs fill the early morning hours in a glorious counterpoint of unrelated melodies.  Cardinals, blue jays, robins, sparrows, woodpeckers, and the rest, all sing their triumphant songs of perseverance and their joyous songs of hope.  Spring brings the fulfillment of so many desires and so much anticipation.  And – the baseball season begins.



Baseball – the national past time.  I don’t know what it is about this game that captures the imagination of so many.  Perhaps it’s just a nostalgic, backward glance.  A longing for a time when life was slower paced, simpler.  Perhaps it’s just a rite of passage – a loud bugle blast announcing to all that yet another spring is here and that summer is on the horizon.

LOOK!  THERE IT IS – OFF IN THE DISTANCE.  I CAN SEE IT COMING

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Faithful

I live in Minnesota and we have had quite a wintry March.  We had several feet of drifted snow everywhere we looked, and temperatures in the single digits as the calendar flipped past March 21 . . . Spring!  It is hard to believe in the promises of Spring when Winter is still lurking all about.


But I had a friend remind me that things are not always what they seem.

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