Reprinted from Dec. 31, 2008
The good news is that the winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year. From now on, each day grows a bit longer until the spring equinox brings equal days and nights, the official beginning of spring.
Actually, the first signs of spring appear long before March 21. Easter daises will be found blooming in February, early migrant birds will begin to move, and the twigs of the cottonwoods and willows will begin to glow with color as sap rises upward to nourish buds and soon-to-be flowers and leaves.