The full glory of spring in the Mediterranean – with red poppies and all sorts of wildflowers sprinkling the earth — is still to come, but right now, the almond trees are in full blossom, and it is already more than marvelous. The bright yellow mimosa blossoms are out too. And underneath, sweet alyssum, with their honey scent, provide a perfumed carpet. Several clumps of asphodel are blooming too. It is truly a wonderful awakening for the earth from its winter sleep. To be here to witness and enjoy nature’s awakening – I am truly grateful. Someone once said that our purpose on this earth is to praise and to wonder. On this day, I cannot help being full of wonder and praise.