“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.”
—Rainer Maria Rilke
A friend asked what I thought about our recent winter. I said it felt like the longest fall I’ve ever experienced. What else could I say? It was the warmest winter ever recorded in United States’ history and I had the pleasure of taking part in it.
Global warming?... El Niño?… or a combination of both?
These are questions for another essay.
For now, though, I’ll return my interest to spring, which has always been my favorite. There’s something special about watching life return to the dormant perennials in our garden, or listening to the joy in the voices of song birds, watching the sensual dance of a worm in a puddle of water, noticing the greening of the grass, the growing shadows from new leaves on trees, and seeing how much the neighbor’s kids have grown since last fall. Its age-old messages are always of hope and renewal that lift the spirits and lighten our steps.
On another note, it just occurred to me that we have been publishing our little Almanac since quarterback, Peyton Manning, was a rookie in Indianapolis. Eighteen springs, along with Peyton, have been retired since we began and our thanks go out to you, the local businesses and our talented staff, who make it all possible. Our original goal, which was to be of service and to entertain you, carries on.
Jim & Mindy Elgas
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The Writers Page - Stories written for the Almanac of Arlington Heights by various area writers.
15 Seconds of Fame Page
Black and white video clips of people you may know!
What happens when 6 Arlington Heights folks meet at their local library and try their hand at writing? This Book! Enjoy a variety of unique short stories and poems written by six published authors and budding new talents.