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    Re: equinox
    From: Jim Thompson
    Date: 2004 Mar 21, 15:41 -0400
    Heh-heh, it's not spring yet here, either.  The snowy landscape around here certainly doesn't look like spring should, in my personal opinion.  I would have loved to celebrate the vernal equinox some place with green grass and warm waves, instead of frozen yards and icy shores. 
     
    I missed the whole thing anyway: I was digging of just another night shift in Emerg at the time.  But the sun finally is shining a lot more of the day, and it's hot when it gets a chance to beam through spring cloud cover.
     
    This is the month when oceanic organisms in the northern hemisphere respond vigorously to rapidly increasing photoperiod.  I studied walleye pollock and hake populations in BC waters during the 70's.  Hundreds of thousands of tons of fish are setting up restlessly to spawn this time of year, their endocrine systems finely tuned underwater to the sun's declination above water. They know the sun's changing position through photosensitive organs attached to their brains.
     
    People also seem to stir restlessly during this period of peak photoperiod lengthening.  I haven't seen any scientific literature about human behaviour and the first point of Aries, but around here we feel that people's impatience and irritiability run higher in March and April than during other seasons.  Part of that is frustration with winter taking so long to finally leave our lawns and harbours, but I have no doubt that our photosensitive endocrine systems drive us subconsiously just like the fish, making us more restless and energetic.  I wonder if that's a holdover from ancient days, when winter settlers turned into roaming summer migrants?
     
    In any case, the vernal equinox certainly is a defining time for earthly life, either approximately or precisely.

    Jim Thompson
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    www.jimthompson.net
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    -----Original Message-----
    From: Navigation Mailing List [mailto:NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM]On Behalf Of Gary Harkins
     
     And who cares anyway, it's cold as most winter days here regardless of what the calendar says.
       
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