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“And so ye faithful, there is no shadow to see, an early Spring for you and me.”

Today is Groundhog Day 2013 and “Yay!!!”, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow; so we can expect more of the great weather we were blessed with just earlier this week!

According to folklore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow and see its shadow, then six more weeks of winter weather is on the way.  But… if it comes out and sees no shadow, spring is expected to come early.  This idea turned to an American tradition herald  in Pennsylvania since 1887.

 So we’ve caught a break on six more weeks of the cold winds, muted landscapes, and muddied floors; but what about fighting winter’s lingering shades of blue and grey in the meantime?  It’s time to Lapse to Luxury!

Bring the sunshine!  The hearth and home was once revered as the heart of life; not simply a place to lay our heads.  The hearth was the fire.  Providing warmth, light, and a source of sustenance as food was prepared by this same fire.  Families would gather round and take comfort in the fire and one another.

Winter tends to confine us to our homes.  Historically, in agrarian society there was very little to do  outside of the home in terms of work as all of the fields were most likely frozen over.  Without there being the lure of the local mall and multiplex,  focus turned instead to the nurturing of the home and close friends and family.  We can incorporate this ancient practice in our lives today starting with the upcoming American cultural holiday of the  Superbowl to gather with our close friends and family.

 

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