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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Let There Be Light!

Let There Be Light!

Arguably, this has been the darkest and dreariest winter in decades; 90% of the U.S. has suffered record cold and snow. And just when it seems it will never end, daylight saving time comes along.

I flipped by clocks ahead an hour on Saturday, along with most of the rest of the country, but my internal clock still told me get up and do something. So, at 5am, I decided to head to the 24/7 L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine — a 25 minute drive. Once there, it was brighter, but I could hear the best sign of spring — birds singing. No robins in sight and plenty of snow on the ground, but just when I had lost hope, a flip of the clock gives me hope.

How are you adjusting to the “longer” days?

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