Friday, February 19, 2021 (31 days before the First Day of Spring)

There are hopeful signals of spring’s early appearance, in warming weather, lengthening daylights, busier birds, and as I heard yesterday, rumbles from a frog in camouflage. These represent a gravity that encourages lightheartedness.

More is adding to a lighter heart, it’s America’s change of administration. Now, news stories hinting at honesty don’t instantly raise senses of dread about possible social and political shifts ahead. This morning my less burdened mind was free to take time reading and enjoying absorbing details of the science and technology behind yesterday’s Mars landing.

Ah, it’s wonderful, feeling more free to learn, and in that way participate in science, technology, and imagination.

Capturing renewed attention is the 2018 disappearance and brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, by agents of Saudi’s government. Khashoggi lived in America and wrote for the Washington Post. His murder was an extreme blow to our news industry and whole nation. At the time and until America’s administration changed, our government downplayed the incident. But now, in renewed foreign relations, Joe Biden has chosen to bypass Saudi’s Crown Prince and instead will conduct negotiations with the Prince’s father. There’s also news that soon America will release, for all to read, its report of an official investigation into Khashoggi’s murder.

As welcome as sights and sounds that herald spring’s arrival are renewed hopes, for our citizens and country, and for improved relations and collaborations among nations.

Dear Friends: An understood center of gravity fosters harmony between body and mind. Diana

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