The storm is just hitting as I write this/ Earlier this morning I walked out to the cliffs and watched the dark clouds swirl in. The wind was blowing 30-40 mph. Yeah! The air was like elixir. This is what I call a beautiful day. Decided to go skating, since no one was in town. No surfers, fishermen, tourists. No cars. There's a section of cliffside road that's been closed to through traffic, so it's much safer to skate. I made about 3 runs; these days I focus on shifting weight from left foot for left turn to right foot for right turn. I've been thinking lately about all the automatic reactions in one's body that deal with the complexities of balancing. I never thought about this when younger but now being, um, older, I tend to observe my physical actions more. Skating helps me keep open the brain-body connection. On the last run I held my umbrella out to catch the on-shore wind blowing up from the beach and it pulled me up the hill (somewhat).