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spring

By Anton Chekhov
The snow has not yet left the earth, but spring is already asking to enter your heart. If you have ever recovered from a serious illness, you will be familiar with the blessed state when you are in a delicious state of anticipation, and are liable to smile without any obvious reason. Evidently that is what nature is experiencing just now.

The ground is cold, mud and snow squelches under foot, but how cheerful, gentle and inviting everything is! The air is so clear and transparent that if you were to climb to the top of the pigeon loft or the bell tower, you feel you might actually see the whole universe from end to end.

The sun is shining brightly, and its playful, beaming rays are bathing in the puddles along with the sparrows. The river is swelling and darkening; it has already woken up and very soon will begin to roar. The trees are bare, but they are already living and breathing.

Literary quote from Anton Chekhov "The Exclamation Mark"

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the wolf moon

Today, January 12th, is the first full moon in the New Year. The Algonquin tribes who lived in regions extending from New England to Lake Superior called it the Wolf Moon because of the howling wolves that would come close to their villages in search of food. By the time the moon was full in January the harsh weather conditions made it very difficult for the wolves to find food in the wild.

"Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next moon." - Farmer's Almanac Many ancient civilizations, reaching as far back in time as the Neolithic Age, portrayed wolves with the moon in their legends, art, and literature. Hecate, the Greek goddess of the moon, was depicted wearing three wolf heads and was sometimes called She-Wolf. A…