Last night, for a few hours, Earth insinuated itself between the sun and the moon. It got me thinking that the alignment of celestial bodies is a sign from the universe that other realignments might be possible.

I have been around long enough and travelled far enough to see much of the beauty on this planet, both natural and human-made, from Denali to the Egyptian pyramids, and have seen them in my own state and city from the Catskill Mountains to Bleecker Street on a Saturday night, and even in my living room watching the mighty Hudson River flowing to the sea or watching the sun set over the palisades. Or watching a lunar eclipse out my bedroom window.

We are going through a bit of an inferno on our planet and in our society. Temperatures are rising and it is getting everyone a little hot under the collar. Hate, anger, and violence are bubbling up and are likely to boil over, resulting in more dead bodies piling up, on top of the millions that have already fallen to a global pandemic.

But maybe something else is happening. Maybe last night was a sign from the universe that a realignment is at hand. Maybe all the hate, anger, and violence are the last gasp of the ancient ignorance and bigotry that have plagued our species since before those pyramids were built. Maybe a new spirit of understanding and love will insinuate itself between and among us.

Or maybe it is just an eclipse.

All that you touch
And all that you see
All that you taste
All you feel
And all that you love
And all that you hate
All you distrust
All you save
And all that you give
And all that you deal
And all that you buy
Beg, borrow or steal
And all you create
And all you destroy
And all that you do
And all that you say
And all that you eat
And everyone you meet (everyone you meet)
And all that you slight
And everyone you fight
And all that is now
And all that is gone
And all that's to come
And everything under the sun is in tune
But the sun is eclipsed by the moon

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