The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 19, 2013

Spring is really here

The Register-Herald

— It’s time to exhale and finally enjoy some fresh air, isn’t it?

We struggled through a long winter, which essentially began with a freak snowstorm last October.

In fact, there were still snow flurries, sleet and freezing rain a little over a week ago across our region.

But with blue skies and warmer temperatures, along with the blooming of trees and yards that need to be mowed, it seems that spring is finally here.

That usually helps moods turn brighter.

But then came the heavy week that we’ve just trudged through, news-wise.

From Boston, Mass., to West, Texas — our emotions have been tried.

Hearts have been heavy.

We continue to pay our respects to the families of those lost and injured and send our best hopes and prayers to the ones affected in these tragedies.

We feel that it is important to also offer a healthy respite to readers across our region, who are in desperate need of a healthy, healing atmosphere to blow off some steam while taking in the beauty of southern West Virginia.

We urge you to take part in National Parks Week and Earth Day activities — it could just be the remedy for what ails the soul this weekend.

The New River Gorge National River, Gauley River National Recreation Area and Bluestone National Scenic River will all host guided programs during the region’s New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend, today through Sunday.

In Richwood, the annual Feast of the Ramson is set for Saturday.

Bird watching, hiking, trail walking, viewing flowers and artists and their crafts and participating in area Earth Day activities will likely allow observers and participants a time to reflect on what is well with our world.

We could all use a dose of that.

Spring is a time for new optimism and renewal.

The cycle of seasons turns to new beginnings and freshness.

Our hope is that despite all that has threatened to bring us down lately, it will instead inspire us to enjoy the simpler things a bit more — and appreciate all the blessings around us.

Americans — and especially West Virginians — have long been people who are resilient, bouncing back from adversity even better than before.

May your home be filled with a renewing resolution as we stand together in anticipation that these latest struggles will make us even more fervent in our faith, and hopeful for a brighter future.