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Sunday, February 15, 2004

Smell the dirt
I was looking at a garden magazine that asked customers to submit their favorite sight of spring.

For me, it's not a sight, it's a smell and a feel. When the weather warms up above freezing for a little while, you can smell the thawing soil. And even when the temperature is fairly low -- today we have a high of about 18 F, for instance -- it feels different. There is more light; not just longer days, but a higher sun at noon. So, even when it's cold, it somehow feels warmer, and partly that warmth is fueled by hope.