Mid October and the devils, witches, and ghosts are hard at work performing their tricks, torments, and occasional treats. All that orange combined with the hot weather of Santa Ana winds has made for much fire fighting. I would rather hide, but I know the best tactic is to stand still, face the fire and do what seems right. Then make corrections when it is not. In between there have been glimpses of beauty: a mystical sunset seen while driving to Santa Barbara. The sun looked like it was melting into the sea. And last night the trees around my house where aglow in the orange light of evening. Tricks and treats abound.