After nearly 4 years as the Space Plasma Physics Program Scientist at NASA [National Aeronautics and Space Administration] Headquarters, I have, somewhat reluctantly, left the position. I believe that my years here will have a more profound influence on my life than any similar period of the past and that the influence definitely will be for the good. I am especially grateful for the opportunity I have had to meet and have discussions with you, the members of the scientific community.