Snow melt and rivers connect, sustain and beautify. All living creatures organize around them and other water sources. In the past few years, the push and pull of survival and relationships among human and other societies has prompted my celebrating the U.S.-American “Fourth of July” as an anniversary of interdependence. I hope your nation’s “birthday” was or will be a happy and safe holiday, this year and in the future! I also hope that someday we humans can organize ourselves sufficiently to each have a globally recognized nation.