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Today we celebrate our Mother Earth when spring is here and all the earth seems to be coming alive again…but as I look out my bedroom window, what do I see? Snow? Yes snow! Mother Nature is a bit of a trickster so we need to offer what I learned a half century ago as one of 100 Maxims of the Sisters of St. Joseph to put a positive spin on the day. It was the shortest one—the easiest to remember—and one of the most important: “Always interpret everything in the most favorable sense.” So, how to do that on this chilly day? Well, here’s a thought from long ago: “Snow is the poor man’s fertilizer.”

It works for me. Let us truly celebrate today all the beauty of the earth and all the gifts we receive from the natural world. Happy Earth Day!