After getting to a certain point on African history, I decided that I really needed human ecology to make more progress with it, and this was still too far down on the list of things to work on. So I shifted back to modern history and closer to current events. Events of the 21st century so far are including more attention to regions of the United States. For nonfictional current events, I am interested in local events, so the Western United States. For fiction, I am interested in New York and Pennsylvania. These two approaches may overlap slightly. For the past week, I have been giving more of my attention to practical and family matters, so it’s been slow going.