Our house has no air conditioning, and day after day of sweltering heat has left us all, the humans and the pets, wilted and longing for coolness. Today the cool air drifted in from the north and we set out at dusk for a walk, the kiss of a breeze on our cheek.

The sky was crystal clear, and stars showed their faces as we walked.

The last light of the setting sun caught a steeple in the valley as we turned homeward.