To begin with I'm going to steal Tammy Vitale's Thought for the Day because it is so beautiful and poignant and just seems to go with today's mood:
thought for the day: Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself that you tasted as many as you could. Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum
Huge ominous grey clouds hovering over the mountains today; I can see them from the windows here in the studio. The mountains directly east of here are even blacker than the clouds, as though all the darkness is pouring down from the sky and painting the hills black...