AWAKENING OF A
by Editor of
March 21 and September 21,
One of the hemispheres is stirring!
In March--the Northern
In September--the Southern
A Pennsylvania maple is ready
for action in March
Do you have a "budding scene"
from the southern hemisphere? Please send it.
Twice each year our little
planet displays a special miracle. It isn't sudden. It makes
no sound. It doesn't cause us to grab hold of something to
secure ourselves. Instead it is a quiet, reliable, and
stealthy, maneuver. And yet we know it will happen. Humans
have predicted it, with varying degrees of accuracy, for
millennia: the light from our
sun shines at an exact 90 degree angle on the equator at noon.
The north pole is aligned perfectly with the south pole,
squared with the sun. Equatorial daylight equals the amount of
darkness on this day.
I know that may not be
earth-shaking information for you---no, actually nothing
"shakes". The miracle is that the earth, tilting with
predictability on its axis, gets perfectly into position for
that to happen twice a year; about March 21, and September
21. Some of you may call that SPRING and FALL. Some of you
call it the EQUINOX. Today let's call it a MIRACLE in
Now the southern hemisphere is
beginning to get less light each day, and its plants, and some
animals are making plans for sleep. The miracle manifests
itself in the receding sap of the forests. The further we move
south from the equator, the more dormant nature must become in
order to survive the coming sleep. All of nature "knows" what
to do. The miracle marches on.
But the northern hemisphere is
just beginning to stir. It has slept and rejuvenated in a way
that we still don't fully comprehend. Daylight is
extending north. The sap of life is beginning to flow. All of
nature is preparing for growth and expansion. Buds, many of
which have formed months ago, are awakening. The hibernating
are stretching stiff muscle. The north will spread out a
display of life and beauty that can hardly be described.
Wonder of wonders. Miracle of miracles. SeniorARK hopes that
you will take the time to savor the miracle this year.
"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though
nothing is a
miracle. The other is as though
everything is a