ASH WEDNESDAY, today, begins a month of many changes resulting in what is called March Madness. Hal Borland in his Twelve Moons of the Year illustrates the reasons. "There is a hint of madness in the very mention of the March here. There is the threat of dark deeds in the ides of March; the lion and lamb belief; March mud, floods and winds. But, March is neither sinister nor mad, it is old endings and new beginnings, a jumble of them that won't get sorted out until April."

TWO SEASON changes occur in March. The Christian faith observes six weeks of Lent. Nature changes from winter to spring with the vernal equinox on March 20. Another change is with our clocks. We go from Eastern Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, the 12th and lose an hour's sleep. Later that week, we're urged to beware the ides of March on the 15th.

If nothing ill happened on the 15th, then celebrate St. Patrick's Day on the 17th.

THE COLLEGE March Madness bracket drawings are done Sunday the 12th, and the games begin that week.

IS THAT enough madness for you within a month?

jeanealities is compiled by Jean Palmer Davies, lifetime Barnesville Enterprise associate. She may be reached at