Empires rise and fall, legends are born, fade away then forgotten, histories are written and rewritten, freedoms flourish, become concurred then are eventually reborn to thrive, and then the cycle begins again, but mankind endures. One of our unique qualities is our ability to survive through difficult times and situations. The Phoenix rises out of the ashes as the inner cry in mankind’s soul cries out to be free to express ourselves. Our inner spirit ultimately always wins.

    Author bio:

    James Varner was born in Bakersfield, California on September 25, 1940. Since his childhood he contemplated the reason to be, asking, What is this thing called life all about?

    His quest for answers has taken him on many interesting journeys exploring world religions and philosophies. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology in 1964 and a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1972. He served in the Peace Corps from 1964 through 1966 and traveled extensively in Europe, around the Mediterranean, Middle East, the continent of Africa, and Mexico always seeking to understand people and find the common core that links people together.

    He is a practicing architect living in Bakersfield, California and lives with his wife, Jean, and grandson Ashton. He enjoys writing short stories about family history, his life and the mystery of the mystical side of human nature.