october starts with the first light of day and moves gradually through the day to sunset. This particular day starts clear and bright, as October mornings are wont to do. As the day progresses, heavy clouds roll in bringing colder winds and the slightest flurries of snow. At another level, we begin early in October and progress slowly close to the end of the month. Early in the month this particular October, there is a wedding. A solemn waltz marks the ceremony, and a festive dance the subsequent celebration. As October wears on, the world prepares for winter. The breaking of the clouds in the late afternoon reveals a quiet and enveloping display in the sky. It is just in time for the sun to set, and soon November will be upon us.