Heather's Blog

Jul 05, 2015
"Believe today in all the good you have done, in all the good you have been, in all the good you are each and every day you wake to what God has called you to do." - Bishop Steven Charleston
Jul 02, 2015
It's a good thing it rained all day, because I didn't mind hanging out in the kitchen peeling and boiling potatoes and eggs and chopping celery and onion and mixing in what looked like a gallon of mayo and mustard and relish for the classic Firemen's Barbecue 'tub of tater...
Jul 01, 2015
Yesterday was my birthday. I'm 56, and very happy to have made it this far, thank you very much. I was sitting on the porch with a bunch of women friends gathered for Zumba and wine (my daughter is an instructor and gave the short, easy class for  we - mostly-- beginners in the...
Jun 28, 2015
"When all thy mercies, O my God, my rising soul surveys, transported with the view, I'm lost in wonder,love, and praise." -- Joseph Addison ( Words to Hymn 415 in the Episcopal Hymnal)
Jun 27, 2015
It's been a big week. After re-testing, the town water turns out fine and perhaps always was. No one got sick and no babies or old people died. (I read too much about E.Coli outbreaks this week, as you can see.)  I also said yes when Nelle called to ask if I'd help...
Jun 26, 2015
Boy is it windy-- gusting to 55 knots at the Eldred Rock lighthouse. It was work walking Pearl into the wind this morning. But we friends and dogs walked with light hearts from just living in these historical times-- what news-- gay marriage is legal in all 50 states. I won't forget the...
Jun 25, 2015
Yesterday late afternoon the Borough announced that a routine test of the town water system found E.coli, and told users to boil water for cooking and drinking (and I would add bathing babies), for two minutes. I think the test was taken Monday, and the results came back yesterday, and...
Jun 23, 2015
My mother used to say that my quiet husband (especially around his in-laws) didn't say much, but what he said was "pithy." I thought about that when on Sunday morning Chip looked at the Fort Seward Parade Grounds, where the  night before hundreds of cyclists had camped tent-...
Jun 21, 2015
A year ago on Father's Day, the day after the annual Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay, we were at Harborview trauma center in Seattle and a team of doctors were figuring out how to put Chip's pelvis, ribs, and lung back together after a horrible crash in stage 1 of the race. ...
Jun 17, 2015
Well, this a first-- my walking pal and I were too busy this morning to meet at the same time and walk the dogs together-- she had to make breakfast in two shifts for her house guests, Chip and I had to fix the lawn mower and make granola so I could cut the jungle before our guests arrive tomorrow...
Jun 16, 2015
I went to Pizza Joe Parnell's harbor expansion informational meeting last night. (He took it on himself as a concerned citizen to hold a town hall style meeting that the Borough powers felt was not needed.  Also, Joe was the assistant harbor master before being dismissed. He fought that...
Jun 11, 2015
 Two huge Holland America Line ships, with about 3,000 people on each, alternate weekly Wednesday dockings here until October, the Oosterdam and the Zaandam. (In Haines where we are challenged by Dutch names apparently, and have a sense of humor, they are called “The Dam...
Jun 08, 2015
John and Denise exchanged wedding vows in John's pole barn -- (You should have seen it a few days ago-- his twin brother said.-- He had about four vehicles in here, boats, tools, supplies--) John is a plumber, and a builder (he plastered my new bedroom wall), a hunter, and some...
Jun 07, 2015
"The world is full of happiness, and plenty to go round, if only you are willing to take the kind that comes your way."-- Jean Webster
Jun 05, 2015
On the cruise ship the other day, after I went through the  Haines Borough harbor security check, and handed the ship security man my passport which he locked in a cupboard and exchanged for a guest pass, and was greeted by my host John, who gave me a tour of the Holland America...
Jun 02, 2015
I will be staying put for a while. There's a day trip to Skagway to sign books at the bookstore there next week I think-- (I'll let you know what day, when I do), and Sitka in September, and hopefully a Juneau reading in the fall to benefit the Glory Hole homeless shelter and soup...
May 27, 2015
I arrived home a few hours before a full house for beerfest weekend and my son's 26th birthday, which he flew home for. I've decided that the Haines beerfest (technically The 23rd Annual Great Alaska Craft Beer and Homebrew Festival) has become like a homecoming weekend for Haines...
May 22, 2015
It is so nice to be home-- I sort of jumped in with both feet and have a very full house this weekend. All five of my children will be home at once-- and all five grandchildren. No, it's not Thanksgiving-- it's the annual Haines beerfest and my son's birthday. The first thing...
May 13, 2015
It's been a flurry of a few days at home-- the sun, the garden, the family, the laundry and the construction-- the bedroom is more or less done, but the bath room is still wrapped in visqueen and tape and all the fixtures are in the hall. Still, I did not spend my time dealing with it-- I can...
May 10, 2015
My Dad always used to say it's nice to go away but nicer to come home. I'm not even sure how nice is it is to travel, since I prefer to stay put. I am not an adventurer. My father traveled a lot ( and in case you are wondering why I'm talking about my dad on Mother's Day, it's...
May 04, 2015
Actually, it's more like in the sky-- to-ing and fro-ing. Palmer was great Saturday, Fireside books is a terrific store, and it was really neat to see how the bookstore, a cafe, some shops, and the city have totally revitalized downtown Palmer into a charming little community center...
Apr 30, 2015
I spent an hour and half on a wonderful blog-- full of love and gratitude for the library  board and staff and Friends who made me feel like a lemon queen at the launch-- and for all of you who came and had me sign so many books- and for this town and the terrific people in it-- and...
Apr 28, 2015
Today is the publication date for Find the Good, which means it's for sale everywhere-- I hope. I also saw the audio book, they arrived at the Babbling Book store in Haines last week, but I haven't listened to myself yet. I'm not sure I can. It's weird to hear yourself, but you...
Apr 27, 2015
Tomorrow (April 28th) is the big book launch day, and the party at the Haines library 5-7, and then I'm off on tour Friday, first in Palmer at Fireside Books on Saturday, then Powell's in Portland Monday, the Ketchikan Library Wednesday, and then Old Harbor books in Sitka Thursday. (...
Apr 23, 2015
I am so grateful that the Haines library asked me to have my official book launch there and that it will also be the kick-off for LEAP (Library Expansion and Addition Project), the 10 dollar ticket will go toward the fundraising campaign (plus there will be a lot of good food and lovely lemon-y...

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