Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

Shadow or not, spring is coming, just don't bet on it

Every February 2nd, for longer than anyone can remember, has been a day of foretelling the weather.

Although history can be clouded (pun intended), it’s believed that Groundhog Day may have originated in the Celtic lands of Europe where it was first known as the pagan holiday of Imbolic.

As the traditions of Imbolic include not only foretelling of the coming seasons, just as Groundhog day, but also the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox. Originally it was a pagan tradition to light candles in reverence of the coming of spring, and of the light.

For Christians, Candlemas i...