By Norma BixlerMature Lifestyles Publisher
“It’s spring fever. That’s what the name of it is...it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
The calendar tells us that Spring this year will officially arrive on Friday, March 20. The arrival of Spring changes on a yearly basis coming in between the 19th to the 21st of March and at different times of the day. It changes on a yearly basis because the first official day of spring is the (Spring) Vernal Equinox.
This is when The Sun is directly above the equator. It rises due East and sets due West and does not do so on the exact same day every year since the calendar is not exactly 365 precise days every single year. The Sun this year will be above the equator crossing to the northern hemisphere at around 11:47 p.m., according to Wiki Answers.com.
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Not being a student of astrology, I will take their word for it even though I probably learned this many moons ago in my high school days. But there is surely one thing I do know - when Spring comes rushing in, most of us, will seem overpowered by certain psychological feelings – restlessness, excitement and difficulty staying on task. Some might even call it “laziness.”
Just hold on! Don’t be alarmed and rush for medical attention. You’re not sick! It’s what Mark Twain so aptly diagnosed and what has been popularly accepted as the explanation for these “feelings” with his quotation: “It’s spring fever. That’s what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t know what it is you want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
It’s a phenomenon that just comes along with the first signs of Spring as we start to emerge from the dull, dreary wintry days. It’s an attitude. It’s anticipation and eagerness of being out and about with Mother Nature as she does her thing to free up our spirits knowing she is laying the ground work with luscious green grass, speaking the song of renewal with the budding trees and flowering shrubs, and, oh, those daffodils and crocuses peeping their little heads out of the ground coloring our world. Listen to the native birds chirping out their melodies just calling us to “come on out and play awhile.” What a beautiful sight to behold!
Now, when spring fever hits you my advice (cure) is to just “go with the flow” and soak it up like a sponge. Think back a moment to the days of Elvis and sing or hum his rendition of “Spring Fever” along with him. The lyrics are featured as the “Golden Nugget,” below.
‘Assisted Loving’ Column Starts News This Issue
Many of our readers have often asked for help in the sex and relationship department of their loving relationship. We are pleased that Ginger T. Manley, a certified sex therapist, becomes a contributor beginning this issue with her monthly column “Assisted Loving.” She is a nurse psychotherapist and sex therapist who has over 25 years experience practicing and teaching in the field of sexual health. Her specialties include sexual addiction, sexual trauma, sexual dysfunction and sexual boundary issues in health care practitioners. She retired from private practice in 2005. She presently is an Associate in Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical School, working in the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Assessment Program for professionals. She is board certified as a Psychiatric / Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and is a Certified Diplomate of Sex Therapy.
In her debut column of this issue of Mature Lifestyles, Ginger’s introduction will give you an insight of her personality and professionalism. Her columns are intended to provide invaluable information on the sex and relationship subject you may have always been reluctant to discuss. “Assisted Loving” will be presented in a question and answer format. It gives you the opportunity to seek the answers to any question you may be concerned about. Get your questions answered by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may correspond with her via mail to: Attn: Ginger, %Mature Lifestyles, P.O.Box 857, Lebanon, TN 37088.
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