Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring Things-Joy In the World

Please, allow me one more post about spring.

Sometimes, I feel guilty about enjoying the beauty of nature in peaceful upstate New York when, half a world away, horrible things are happening.  I don't even need to name those places.  We know of them.  Well, some of them.

Too often, we forget about those places, until something happens to wake us all up, like the terrorist attacks yesterday in Brussels.  Meanwhile, too many others, in Africa, in the Middle East, in other places, go unreported in our media.

But no, I'm not posting a political post today.  That's not the purpose of this blog.

I came close to cancelling my Spring things feature to blog more about our world today, but decided to go ahead and blog about spring instead.  In this world full of terror, nature pays little heed to the suffering of humans.  The seasons progress.  Today, I force myself to take a deep breath and breathe nature in for just a few minutes before I return to the news.  I hope you will take a small break, too, before you return to the schedules of your world.

Spring budding in upstate New York is about a month or more ahead of normal schedule.

Trees bud along the Chenango River in downtown Binghamton, New York.

March 20
Along the Vestal Rail Trail they bud.
March 20

White birches blooming.
Crocuses in my yard easily survived Monday's snow squalls.

Winter may be returning soon (snow showers forecast for next week) but in the meantime, we can enjoy what is out there for the viewing.

What season is it for you?  Are you able to enjoy nature where you live?


  1. just lovely - there is enough doom and gloom out there - a little Spring balance makes for a refreshing change :)

  2. Hi Alana! I live in the desert southwest so we're actually starting to head into summer (which can be quite hot!) So while our "seasons" are different than yours it is equally important to notice their arrival and the changes they bring. And while I don't deny that terrible things happen around the world every day, I tend to keep my focus on all the billions of good things that people are doing instead. Let's never forget that! Meanwhile, enjoy your spring! ~Kathy

  3. thoughtful and real. glad you posted your spring things . . .

  4. I love seeing trees and flowers come alive in the spring. :) These are pretty snapshots.

  5. Wonderful, appreciate you sharing.

  6. I think that terrorist attacks in the Middle East and in Africa often go unreported or underreported because they are so common. It takes an atrocity in an unexpected place - like Brussels or Paris - to really get out attention. It's somewhat like the carnage of gun violence in this country. It takes a really big death toll to get us to notice. Meanwhile, day by day, the death toll from guns mounts.

    And is spring - a time of hope. It's important that we not forget that.

  7. No reason not to post about spring. It's good to see the beauty in the world.

  8. Thank you so much for this refreshment. <3


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