The Perseid Meteor showers peak tonight. Our yearly ritual, we watch them every August, preferably from the beach. No matter what the past year has brought, wrought, tonight we'll lie still, focused. The waves slap and hum, hypnotic. The sky stretches over us black, clear, untroubled. Occasional flashes of meteor skitter across the sky, dragonflies on a pond's surface. Falling Stars. Riveting, ephemeral. Tonight we again focus on all that is good and beautiful and possible in the world.