As of 12:57 PM EDT, the sun’s direct rays crossed the equator to signal the start of the astronomical spring (meteorological and climatological spring began March 1). While the local extended forecast is indicating HIGH temperatures in the 30s for part of next week and the landscape is still one of a brown, barren winter (albeit sans snow), the arrival of the Spring Equinox signifies a rebirth. To me, it’s almost like a second New Year and I will take the time to reflect on my new beginnings this weekend. To all of you I send warm spring wishes and a picture of my saucer magnolia tree from a few springs ago. This tree is in full bloom for only a few days, but oh, what glorious days! I am starting to see some bud action on the silver maples, but the magnolia is still hibernating.