Letting go: opportunities to grow

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As we welcome spring’s official appearance in Northern Arizona’s Rim Country, the possibility of a new season breathes fresh life into me. But without the end of one season, we can’t welcome a new season—which holds true in life, too. We say goodbye to…[read more]

Answering the call: stepping into a new season

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Although March came in like a lion and snow still lingers on the ground in my slice of the forest, I recently spotted a robin—a hopeful sign that spring is just around the corner. And while it was fun to experience a “real” winter after 22 years, I’m looking forward to…[read more]

Mother Nature’s odd sense of humor

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I think we can all agree Mother Nature has been goofing around with the climate across the board this winter (and now spring).  Not only have temperatures in the Midwest been unseasonably warm (not during my visit in January, however), but the mercury level in the Southwest has proven just the opposite.  As I drove through the rain last weekend, my car’s temperature gauge registering 43 degrees at 8:30 in the morning, I attempted to conjure up a smidgen of appreciation for the weather.  After all, living in the desert — especially during the summer — leaves little variation (except for monsoon season) to the seemingly endless triple-digit scorchers.  So instead of lamenting closed-toe footwear and a jacket in the middle of March, I decided to appreciate one less day of the three-months straight premature loss of my all-day protection.  Oh, who am I kidding … anything below 80 degrees and sunny is just wrong.  For me, anyway.

What’s your idea of a perfect-weather day?