Heather's Blog

Nov 25, 2014
The power went out last night and I woke up when the low hum of the fridge stopped and the computer beeped, thinking I need to get it together for Thanksgiving, and started making mental lists: brine the turkey (at least it is thawed) make that new wild rice and quinoa dish that cooks inside its...
Nov 23, 2014
How to Winterize Your Mind: One: See the sun rise and set every day... Don't miss a minute of daylight. Two: Learn to draw a tree...Now is the best time to see what a tree really looks like. Draw one every day. Three: Put something beautiful in your room so that it's the first thing...
Nov 21, 2014
It was so nice to have a little snow this morning. It feels normal. T'is the season after all. Tomorrow the decorating begins (and maybe even ends if enough elves show up) at the library for the holiday open house the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The Lighting of the Library used to be that...
Nov 20, 2014
The heavy frost this morning made unusual pie plate sized ice discs in the eddy in the creek, and almost meant I was late for Morning Muscles (it begins at 6 am in the Chilkat Center lobby) since I had to scrape the car windows. I can't complain as I was wearing my sneakers and a...
Nov 19, 2014
In the immortal words of my friend John-- who when asked, "How are you doing this morning?"-- Replied, "I'm glad I'm not in Buffalo." We were in Buffalo this time of year in 2011, when Haines got about five feet of snow in a day. Remember? This November, Haines has...
Nov 17, 2014
I have a new computer set up, and it's a little challenging for me to get the words out on it right, so far. My fault entirely. I am a creature of habit. Anyway, I pressed the buttons too fast this morning-- and it has been noted that the Community Foundation grant awards event is at 7 at the...
Nov 17, 2014
I've been humming that song by Nanci Griffith, the one about just another morning miracle. For starters the fire was still going this morning, and I made it to the pool to swim. I met the new public health nurse, Bridget from Montana, and she said I can come in for a flu shot this week, but to...
Nov 16, 2014
“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.”  Thich Nhat Hanh in Being Peace      
Nov 15, 2014
It's 22 degrees and clear, with 7 hours and change of daylight, although dusk begins at 2 when the sun dips behind the mountains.  It's  pushing 8  0'clock now and and shaping up to be the kind of blue,pink, and purple dawn that if it weren't all frosty I...
Nov 12, 2014
We have just under eight hours of daylight today-- but oh, what light it is-- all frosty and bright- and it is supposed to be clear all week. The nights are worth standing out in the yard for with a coat on before bed, too. There were no Northern lights, but there were stars and a moon last night,...
Nov 11, 2014
I'm home alone, my husband is deer hunting on the outer coast, something I encouraged him to do after he said he wouldn't be able to do the thing he loves most in all the world because he was still sore, and limping a little from that pelvis he broke in June, and he was not the same guy...
Nov 10, 2014
It's a busy week with all the Eagle Festival activities and more-- The annual festival begins today with viewing out in the preserve and a meet and greet at the Foundation this evening. Wednesday night 7-9 Wayne Price speaks, and Thursday  7-9 is Doris Mager, 88 "The Eagle Woman of...
Nov 09, 2014
    "We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls....
Nov 07, 2014
At the pool this morning Leanne and I were talking about this week's crazy election results: Alaskans statewide voted progressively and liberally in passing three ballot initiatives that raised the minimum wage, protected Bristol Bay from big mining interests, and legalized pot-- and we voted...
Nov 06, 2014
I am in the process of moving stuff from an old computer to a new one-- and getting the devices to"talk" to each other-- but I may have lost some of your emails in the process. So if I haven't responded to a note, please re-send it. Once this gets set, it will be pretty cool. I have a...
Nov 06, 2014
Caroline and I took the ferry to Juneau Sunday so she could meet baby James, and stayed until Wednesday. It was a kind of big being gone for that long-- as she said "three sleeps"-- away from her parents and little sister Ivy, and Caroline is only four. "James is like a  little...
Nov 02, 2014
"You could use it to listen to something new, read something you're sure you'll disagree with, or stop and talk to someone whom you would otherwise pass by."-Scott Simon Yesterday I was cleaning the greenhouse for the winter; removing the husks of tomato plants, peppers...
Nov 01, 2014
Halloween has come and gone, and I have survived. I am costume challenged, and easily spooked, so it has never been a favorite holiday for me, is that terrible to admit? Part of it is inherited, my mother was not a fan either. I love the Mexican equivalent, the Day of the Dead, though-- when...
Oct 30, 2014
In the mornings these days Chip does his  physical therapy and rides a stationary bike and I head out to the pool. (The early bird swim is 6-7:45 MWF.) "It's social," I tell him, and hope that's true, never mind that with goggles and a cap on and with all of us...
Oct 28, 2014
On Saturday the women's choir sang "Precious Memories" and "How Great Thou Art" at the graveside funeral for Rowena Jones. Her daughter, Stacie Turner, asked us to just before rehearsal Thursday so we had one practice with the songs. (We knew  the old hymn, but the...
Oct 27, 2014
First of all, it was a beautiful morning, the kind that even if you live here takes a minute to sink in. The kind you might not believe exists without a photo-- that still doesn't do it justice. Then, as often happens when we walk our dogs my friend and I get to talking and and pretty soon the...
Oct 26, 2014
"My grandmother used to instruct my mom ' Make sure you remember this. Close your eyes and save this moment so you can always come back to it.' " - Sara Loewen
Oct 21, 2014
Actually, I'm more of a jogger than a jigger, but you know what I mean. While I was away I missed a great wedding-- Joanne and Phyllis got married on the Port Chilkoot Dock-- and my friend Larry celebrated his 65th birthday. (Impossible!) And I didn't get to write Lola Knutson's...
Oct 17, 2014
Well, we are all over the moon with little James Louis Lende Dorn -- all 7lbs. 12oz., 21 " of him---and especially all that red hair! I hadn't notice that before I left them to get some sleep Wednesday morning. It had been a long eventful night at the hospital, and he was still...
Oct 15, 2014
Sweet baby James was born at 4:55 this morning. He came out yelling and he looks like his cousins, and everyone is just terrific. Labor was strong and swift and we are all very happy with the outcome and taking long naps today.  (I will fill you in on his vitals later, after all the kin...

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