It's been raining for days now, and this has been good. Even though I was whomped by a hailstorm at 9am this morning when I got out of the car at the grocery store. As I said to the man running alongside me in the parking lot, nothing like getting hit in the head with some ice to wake you up in the morning.
Weird weather, today, though, with beautiful, hectic light pouring through a seemingly cloudless sky and rain pouring from...where? Some invisible cloud. I've seen plenty of sun showers, but this was a sun deluge.
Then the clouds came back and the rain stopped.
And started again.
Like life, of course. It's sunny and it's raining or it's doing both. Or you're just getting hit in the head with ice.
Beautiful and maddening and distressing all at once.
The news is bad. It's always bad anymore. It's the economy, of course. It's rage, specific and rage not otherwise specified.
We've been following the news from Australia with horror and sadness, and a terrible sense of deja vu. As we have seen here in California, it isn't only the humans who suffer, but the wildlife. There are ways to help those suffering Down Under. A list of pertinent links is here.
Over the weekend, during the storms, we saw an incredible rainbow, the end of which seemed just down the street. It was so bright and so clear, each color so incredibly defined. The clouds behind were black and purple.
Like life, of course.
I believe tomorrow will be better; we all just need to do what's necessary to make it so.
Go listen to some good music: "Over the Rainbow" from the album The Wizard of Oz (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture).