The hour is a bit dark with distance weighting heavily on my heart and wallet but, as Marie rightfully noted recently, we seem to draw deeper creativity from our tortured self and moments of agony than from joyful bliss and boring satisfaction.

So since I have always been attracted by dark skins for the blog, here is the fruit of my latest descent. It is part of an ongoing effort to integrate the blog’s design more directly to that of the main site.

Don’t fear; if the swift loading of this stunningly shadowy page gave you a sudden heart attack, a lame option remains to switch to the recent grey-green skin via the drop-down menu in the right sidebar.