Some of you may know that I usually take a health and fitness walk each morning down to the beach. My little piece of Long Island was still covered in snow, but on Friday morning I began to notice subtle signs of spring.

It began with the sunrise down at the beach. The water was unbelievably blue, the bluest I’ve ever seen it. And uniquely sparkly. If you were to try to paint it, you would use color counter intuitively than you would expect if painting whitecaps on the water.

The surface of the water would be a white or silver color, the face of the wavelets would be a lapis lazuli blue, and the very tips of the waves would rim black.

The dawn itself was that classic spring sunrise with lots of white and yellow surrounding a mostly peach sky.

Walking back home I could see the leaves of the winter aconite peeking up through the snow. That’s the first flower to bloom near my house–even before the snowdrops.

As I was driving to the office I noticed that the branches of the bare trees were no longer merely brown or gray, they looked reddish, or yellowish, or greenish–yep the sap is rising to feed the buds. The songbirds are back in the shrubs in my front yard, they woke me even before dawn with their twittering. And I saw a cardinal pecking at the birdseed near my front door.

It’s not quite here yet, but spring is starting to poke out through the snow on Long Island. What telltale signs do you look for by your house? Have you seen any yet?

looseheadprop

looseheadprop

In rugby, the looseheadprop is the player in the front row of the scrum, who has the ability to collapse the scrum, pretty much at will and without the referee knowing who did it.
While this can give the LHP's team a great tactical advantage, it also exposes scrum players from both teams to the dangers of catastrophic spinal cord injury.
Consequently, playing this position makes you understand your responsibility to put doing the right thing ahead of winning, and to think beyond your own wants and desires. It also makes you very law and order oriented.

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