Today there was a story about the occurrence of the aurora borealis or the Northern Lights. The phenomenon caused by the sun's deflection of electrons and other particles in the highest parts of the atmosphere has become more rare lately. According to the story and to scientists in Helsinki, Finland there is an eleven year cycle. The world is near the end of a cycle. Probably the aurora may be starting to become somewhat more common now as we are about to enter a new cycle.
What does this have to do with history?
Since we're alive for such a minute period of time, one wants to be sure he or she is spending their time on earth in the most productive way. I'm feeling good that this book, "Yanks in the Redwoods...", has been published. The feeling is a bit like I felt as I paced around the waiting room at Bakersfield Hospital in June, 1968 waiting to hear about the success of the birth of my first offspring (Joel B, was the result) and how my wife, Jeannette, was doing! It was a moment I'll never forget.
Waiting, waiting, waiting....and hoping. These are the things that make life worth living.