Heather's Blog

Jun 19, 2018
The bike race was hard and long, thanks to wicked headwinds. 30 knots or more, with gusts high enough to blow an outhouse over. (No, I wasn't in it. No one was-- thank goodness.) The Canadian highway... Read More...
Jun 13, 2018
Busy? Everything happens all at once it seems: the annual Haines Borough budget (we passed it last night, phew), ramped up business for our lumberyard and every shop and eatery in town, cruise ships... Read More...
Jun 08, 2018
Yesterday morning at about 5:30 I talked to NPR's Here & Now about an obituary making headlines. You would have laughed to see me with the cell phone in one hand, the landline in the other,... Read More...
Jun 04, 2018
"We all mess up. We all see through blinders. We all say hurtful things. We all nurture prejudices we don’t recognize in ourselves. Even a full-throated apology won’t erase a colossal mistake. We... Read More...
Jun 01, 2018
All the windows are open and I'm thinking about turning on the fan and putting on a sweater. The screens are in now to keep the mosquitoes out, but I can't paint the porch floor yet because the... Read More...
May 30, 2018
I fibbed a little when I said I was off on a writing retreat. I really went out to Unalaska (Dutch Harbor) to surprise my daughter, who is the elementary school principal there. (I couldn't say so... Read More...
May 17, 2018
My grand daughter Ivy had a birthday party yesterday afternoon in the park. All the children in kindergarten were invited for hotdogs and cupcakes,and their siblings and their parents, and the... Read More...
May 16, 2018
Sewer systems, like septic tanks, are never fully appreciated until they fail. When was the last time you thanked a sewer plant manager? Which may be why the Haines plant operators, Dennis and Scott... Read More...
May 15, 2018
Pyramid Harbor is scheduled to be logged by the University of Alaska The University of Alaska and  "a bona fide purchaser" (according to their website but as yet unnamed) will be entering into a 10-... Read More...
May 14, 2018
“(Parents are) always bluffing, pretending we know best, when most of the time we're just praying we won't screw up too badly.” ― Jodi Picoult, House Rules I had planned to leave a a nice Sunday's... Read More...
May 08, 2018
Let's begin with the confession that I don't like rummage sales, and other people's stuff in large quantities on big tables with everyone shuffling through it for a good deal. It gives me the hives. ... Read More...
May 06, 2018
  “There are random moments - tossing a salad, coming up the driveway to the house, ironing the seams flat on a quilt square, standing at the kitchen window and looking out at the delphiniums,... Read More...
May 01, 2018
It is May first. The weather feels more like March 15, with cold southerly gales and stubby brown grass and black branches, but there are signs of spring: hawks, bears, a cow moose moving in the... Read More...
Apr 29, 2018
  "Listen to no voice except your own. Ask yourself nothing about whom you hate. Ask only what you love, and what sustains you. And protect that."- Seth Kantner ​ ​
Apr 26, 2018
I was working on Lola Vogel's obituary when I answered the phone. (Lola was 95 and passed peacefully of old age. The service is Saturday at 2 at the Presbyterian Church.)  "Crystal?" "Nope. This is... Read More...
Apr 24, 2018
And so, dear gentle reader, You see, by all the rules, That earth's whole population Except ourselves are fools. - Abner Cosens ​The nicest thing about knowing you, and keeping in touch, and sharing... Read More...
Apr 23, 2018
"Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you...Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?- every, every minute? -Thornton Wilder, Our Town It's a wet start to a busy... Read More...
Apr 22, 2018
“This is what we can promise the future: a legacy of care. That we will be good stewards and not take too much or give back too little, that we will recognize wild nature for what it is, in all its... Read More...
Apr 16, 2018
"The world changes. The ground shifts. We still make plans. We still find gifts." ~ Lin-Manuel Miranda Here's what you need to know this week: Earth Week kicked off with all kinds of fun stuff... Read More...
Apr 10, 2018
It's been a long winter and to say it's been a rough few weeks is an understatement, which is why I haven't even tried to write about what has been happening. It's a lot to absorb and I don't want to... Read More...
Mar 18, 2018
  “The life pouring through us, pumping our heart and breathing through our lungs, did not begin at our birth or conception. Like every particle in every atom and molecule of our bodies, it goes back... Read More...
Mar 12, 2018
    Chip has been away, visiting his mother and cycling down south. He's on weather hold now waiting to fly up from Juneau, and if that doesn't workout he'll ride the ferry that arrives from Juneau... Read More...
Mar 11, 2018
  "When our intention is to do good for others, and we nurture that intention, we can have faith, that in some way, often unknown to us, it ripples out."- Sharon Salzberg in her book, Faith.    
Mar 06, 2018
Blame it on the sunshine, or blame it on Manic March. But I showed up a day early for a funeral this weekend and a day early for a writing workshop today. When I told my dog walking pal she said, "... Read More...
Mar 04, 2018
"Belief isn't always easy. But this much I have learned- if not enough else- to live with my eyes open-- "   From Mary Oliver's poem, "In the Storm"       

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