New beginnings and longer runs

Nancy Hilliard
Around the Island

Expect to see folks with smudges on their foreheads today as Ash Wednesday launches 40 days of Lent before Easter, March 23. The cross-shaped ash tracings emphasize one's mortality and the brevity of life. Time to get it right with one another and the world. Services are at several churches here.

Tomorrow we ring in the Chinese Year of the Rat, as seen in our front page China Gate photo. According to the lunar calendar, we embark on year 4,705 and a fresh start of the 12-year zodiac cycle. So, be kind to your neighborhood rats a

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