Heather's Blog

Dec 23, 2014
This morning I was up early making two more Christmas coffee cakes and listening to the radio about bad doings in the world and Joe Cocker's passing, and I wondered why Margaret wasn't at work yet. Did she slide into a ditch on the way? Sleep in? Yesterday she was funny when she...
Dec 19, 2014
There are some people, like George Bailey, whose favorite sounds are train whistles and anchor chains. Not we two Lende grandmothers. Grandma Joanne and me. Home is our favorite place and we are both thankfully, gratefully, there. She in Ocala, me back in Haines. Yesterday on the plane...
Dec 05, 2014
It's been a worrisome 48 hours here. Grandma Joanne, Chip's dear mother, and my London traveling companion (that's her in the airport getting fortified for the last flight we took together), has had a heart attack and is in the hospital in Florida.  She's in...
Dec 03, 2014
The best thing, or one of the best things about December, is that I can walk with friends and dogs at dawn after a swim and breakfast. This morning we were full of chatter. Okay, I was, mostly. I had been nudged, by one of my walking friends who is a quiet, gentle fisherman, to spend a little...
Dec 02, 2014
I know I shouldn't boast, but I live in great town. Honestly-- watch this video of  Haines and my husband (and several other good people doing good things for us with the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation) and you will see I'm right. And while I'm at it, will you...
Nov 30, 2014
"Never doubt every bit of kindness, every tender touch we lay upon another life can heal what might otherwise have died, certainly in them, perhaps even in ourselves." - Joan Chittister in The Rule of Benedict  
Nov 29, 2014
Yesterday around noon, all five grandchildren were tumbling around the living room, or being held, as was the the case for baby James (Eliza was nursing him) and Silvia Rose, who had collapsed in sleep onto JJ's chest while she rocked her. The skating parents had just returned...
Nov 26, 2014
Eliza's family arrives on today's ferry at noon, and  JJ and Bryan ferry up from Juneau first thing tomorrow. The turkey is in the brine and I did put some spruce boughs in the window box by the door. I have shopped. The beds are made. I keep counting chairs. How will I...
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...

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