February Sky in Santa Rosa

3rd June 2005

And the dawn comes up like thunder
Outer China 'crost the Bay!

From: Mandalay by Rudyard Kipling

The Heat of the Day

We had quite a bit of rain this year, that's why the city is looking so fresh, lush and green at this time. But a sudden change last week in the weather took the temperature over the 80's. One morning it was hot at 5am and by 6am the thin gray cloud cover was already dissolving, showing patches of blue here and there. At 7am the sky was perfect blue with not one drifting cloud and the rays of the blazing sun washing over us. We have a few giraffe-like palm trees dotted throughout the neighborhood. In the sunlight their leaves flash and turn like beaten metal—silver swords. The Spanish poet Garcia Lorca used a similar striking metaphor in one of his poems and it confirmed to me how accurately he observed the world.

The girl at the store said defiantly, "I'm having the air conditioning on all the time whatever it costs!" Good for her. At home our air conditioner and a couple of fans whirl and rattle away. For the last few days it feels as if we are on an old tramp steamer chugging through the tropics!

Our main focus on the publishing has been in getting ready the chapters of Signs and Portents for uploading to the website. We are now up to chapter 14.

We were delighted last week to receive a letter from one of our earliest supporters (after a lapse of some fourteen years) who is now an author well known in his particular field. He confirmed that we can put up on our website two of his books which we have had in mss form for a few years now. I'm not going to let the cat out of the bag and let you know his name or subject matter yet. Let it be a surprise when we add them to the website later in the year! But we think that people will enjoy his writing.

Lastly, we would like to thank all those people who have joined our egroup on Yahoo and those who have taken the trouble to sign our guestbook.


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