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The Rare Bird of Jasper County

It’s exactly one month until the Vernal Equinox, that time of year when the southern hemisphere makes the turn towards autumn and the northern hemisphere begins to awake to another spring. It’s no coincidence that my adaptable Irish ancestors co-opted St Patrick and celebrate his festival within days of the old pagan solar event.   This year, daylight savings resumes the weekend prior.  Long twilight evenings, we have missed you so.  I am always ready for winter to be done.  In the Midwest the leave taking can resemble a long tortured goodbye. A bright warmish spell gives in to snow flurries, or ice storms well into March. But there eventually comes a day when the light changes, and a southern wind brings a hint of spring. That hint comes with an earthy smell and the honkings of geese as they fly over on their way north. Road kill abounds as unfortunate possum and raccoons litter the pavement, having crossed the road at inopportune times, seeking to supplement their bare pantries af…

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