We Are Rising—¶ Yesterday we visited Mount Diablo Grand Loop Trail, and this is one of the many memorable scenes that nature has to offer—a small patch of California poppies against the aftermath of wildfires. I’ll let the picture speak for itself: This is California. We make our mistakes. We fall. And we rise. 1 This is us. 1 I don’t have time to be original, so I am riffing off of a number from a number in a famed musical.