The fires continue to rage, and it all seems so far away to me because of my lack of TV watching. Ever since I got rid of cable, I have missed out on the news of the world. Sometimes I wonder if I am missing something more. I could always log on to CNN…

The ashes and the temperature are reminders though, and as I cleaned out the studio on Sunday and we drove to Irvine, the winds out of control! They were so fierce that twice I almost hit a few trees on the road, and barely swerved out of the way as the wind pushed me onto another lane on the freeway. Pretty scary stuff. Mother nature is getting pissed off at us. I’m sorry, Gaia.

— Claude