Heather's Blog

Feb 09, 2016
"The birds they sang  at the break of day  Start again  I heard them say  Don't dwell on what  has passed away  or what is yet to be...  Ring the bells that still can ring  Forget your perfect offering  There is a crack in everything  That...
Feb 05, 2016
Monday I had half of my teeth cleaned, not the top half or the bottom half, but the right side of my mouth from the molars to the gap between my front teeth. Which may be why I felt so lopsided until the second half was cleaned yesterday afternoon and my balance was restored....
Jan 31, 2016
 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things...
Jan 29, 2016
Yesterday on the radio Janine said she thought the sky was growing lighter and that there may even be a little sun, so Pearl and I looked up, and sure enough there was a blue haze behind the gray, so we ran out the door and managed to walk half the beach before the windy rain kicked in again...
Jan 28, 2016
The Haines assembly did some great good the other night by supporting the pre-school and giving them another year in the old Human Resource Building where they have been for over thirty years, and the innovative plan to join forces with the Senior Center facility and create a new place for our...
Jan 26, 2016
We play this game at the Seattle airport: who ever sees someone we know first has to buy the other breakfast. It took Chip about ten minutes to win, and of course Nelle and Larry came over to our table and chatted and we all talked about our vacations. Then at the gate we see Roger and Robin...
Jan 05, 2016
Chip and I are off to a quiet little town in Mexico today and I should be back at my desk in about three weeks. There will be sketchy internet where we are going, but I am choosing to ignore it and the only tablet I'm bringing has paper pages and requires a pen to write on....
Jan 03, 2016
This is a thought I stole from the back page of the new Hospice of Haines newsletter, and is a favorite quote of my friend Beth, the HOH director. I think it is a very good one to begin 2016 with. Reverend Carolyn Colbert says: "I have this notion that we live in sea of prayer....
Dec 28, 2015
I kind of missed Sunday's Thought. (I am feeling like the mouse who was not stirring in Madeleine's Christmas, because 'like everyone else in that house which was old, the mouse was in bed with a terrible cold'.) Luckily it didn't come on until after everyone left...
Dec 25, 2015
On Earth Peace, Good Will Toward All.
Dec 23, 2015
It is tad crazy here, in the best way-- plus the snow is so beautiful and deep and white it's like Mother Nature gave the whole town new clothes for Christmas. Here's a post card:
Dec 20, 2015
Last night's Holly Jolly Follies, the now annual Christmas variety show (or at least annual as long as Suzy and Tod organize, direct, and stage it) was perfect, if I do say so myself. I got to be in three of the acts and have spent a busy week rehearsing, and that was as ...
Dec 17, 2015
Yesterday I was in the bookstore when Lucy Harrell came in with her friend Jim and I asked if she was buying gifts and she said, "No, I'm giving them." She handed Liz a check for 1,000 dollars for the Arts Council. (Liz's husband Tom is the president.) Liz gave it to me...
Dec 15, 2015
I was so grumpy this morning that I had to say to myself "find the good" when I rolled out of bed at 5:15, which is kind of funny. I was at rehearsal last night from about 6-9 at the Chilkat Center for the Holly Jolly Follies (Saturday at 7pm. It will be a great show) and sort of...
Dec 13, 2015
"Remember: you are not who you think you are. You are what you do. Be the kindness of soft rain. Be the beauty of light behind a tall fir. Be gratitude. Be gladness."--  Kathleen Dean Moore in Wild Comfort
Dec 11, 2015
The sun is out and the shadows are long. There's a north wind blowing and it's cooler. While there's no snow in town to speak of, we may have skating ice soon if the weather pattern holds. The line up for the Christmas Parade tomorrow is at about 3:45 or 4:00 at Thor's Gym...
Dec 08, 2015
I have been writing Dad's annual Christmas letter, the one he always titles "Season's Greetings from Sunnyside Farm." My mom used to write the letter, but since she died, he has done it, with my help. Some years I have had more edits than others. But Papa Bob as we call...
Dec 06, 2015
"When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability... To be alive is to be vulnerable." ~ Madeleine L'Engle  
Dec 03, 2015
I would rather view today as a week from Thanksgiving than four weeks 'til Christmas. Blame it on my Episcopal raising, but I like to have a season of Advent between my two Turkeys. (Although I have strung up lights on the porches and garage and there's a tangle in the bushes...
Nov 30, 2015
It is so dark. I think the rain makes it even worse. I know it's not helpful to complain, and that the weather isn't personal, but honestly, have you seen the forecast? Rain all week. There's a mud slide on Lutak Road.  Still, the Lighting of the Library was packed in...
Nov 29, 2015
"Whenever I am ready to rail at God," Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor writes, "I find those moments of gratitude. Those moments of satisfaction and joy help sustain me through those horrific moments of loss or pain or defeat- to know those momentary joys is to feel the poke in the...
Nov 25, 2015
It was a hard night for friends and family of Steve McPhetres, the former school superintendent, runner, outdoorsman, musician, Juneau church leader, family man-- husband, father, grandfather, friend all around wonderful guy-- died at Harborview in Seattle following a fall deer hunting, or, I...
Nov 22, 2015
 "Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."-- From the Gospel according to John
Nov 20, 2015
As Guy Clarke sings, "It's blowin' like a hurricane and your riggin' will not stand it." Yes, it is about as nasty as it gets out there. All that freezing cold and lovely snow dashed and whipped around by rainy gales. On the plus side (that's my job right, to find the...
Nov 19, 2015
It was so warm in my bed and so cold outside that I almost stayed right there instead of heading out to Morning Muscles in the frigid dark ( 12 degrees, snow as hard as iron, and blowing northern gales) but I'm glad I did. I have never regretted a workout. There were just five of us, and...

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