Heather's Blog

Jun 29, 2016
So, I want to do better spiritually. I want to be more mindful, and live in the present, rather than be blown every which way by ill winds and worries about disasters in national, state, and local... Read More...
Jun 28, 2016
The strawberries are out of control, although that's hardly a problem. The school board meets tonight at 6:00 to hold a retention hearing, and that is always hard. Also, the borough assembly meets... Read More...
Jun 27, 2016
I'm afraid I lost my temper in a meeting I thought was about food carts and trucks, and how to make them work for Haines while still supporting local eateries-- but it turned into a discussion about... Read More...
Jun 26, 2016
“Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.”  ― Mark Twain (Happy... Read More...
Jun 23, 2016
I don't have a picture of the fire that almost took off and burned the beach and our houses down this morning-- because I was a little involved in putting it out instead. A campfire up by the trail... Read More...
Jun 20, 2016
Do you ever wake up feeling so grateful that everything actually turned out as planned, and that for a little while, all is right with the world? I have been a tad PTSD-ish for the last ten days or... Read More...
Jun 12, 2016
"None of us is being treated fairly if we're not all being treated equally."-- Gloria Steinem But how do you make that happen, in both large and small ways? A good, doable place to begin is, as ... Read More...
Jun 11, 2016
When the email didn't work this week, I figured the internet was down all over town, and to tell you the truth, was kind of relieved. My house is full-- with Eliza and baby James and JJ and for a bit... Read More...
Jun 07, 2016
When my children were small, they used to ask "who is the boss of this place?" and I'd answer "I am" or "your father is" if I needed back-up. It's a good thing to know. Tom Morphet asked a similar... Read More...
Jun 05, 2016
"There is a faith in morningtime, there is belief in noon. Evening will come whispering and shine a bright round moon."   -- From the children's book All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by... Read More...
Jun 04, 2016
Brian Doyle says that religion, and religious practice-- like attending a specific church say-- is the boat believers and seekers choose to carry us over the sea of faith. It's harder to swim that... Read More...
Jun 01, 2016
 Thanks to poet Emily Wall and the Skagway writers symposium last week, I'm learning to write haikus. You know, those short poems with typically-- and best to begin with this form-- three lines of... Read More...
May 29, 2016
This is kind of a long thought, a column actually, in the Alaska Dispatch News today.  It's about the Klukwan artifacts returning to the new heritage and cultural center. But it's really about faith... Read More...
May 25, 2016
I have been full steam ahead on the garden, family, and preparing to head to Skagway for the Northwords Writers Symposium (today thru Saturday.) I'll hop a fast ferry from the cruise ship dock right... Read More...
May 22, 2016
"God, or the gods, are invisible, quite understandable. But holiness is visible, entirely." -- Mary Oliver This is from Mary Oliver's new book of poems, Felicity. (This is how I find Sunday's Thought... Read More...
May 20, 2016
I could say also say ' whose beach this is I think I know'-- but then I'd get stuck in Frost's rhyme and the theme too-- which isn't related to this story at all. The beach is really the town's, but... Read More...
May 17, 2016
Lani Hotch from Klukwan, says that an elder once told her that that the ovoids you see in all Tlingit art are the eyes of God, or "the ever present spirit".  Here's the big question-- which came... Read More...
May 16, 2016
As you can see, we have been updating the site, doing a little spring cleaning, and making it mobile-friendly. It looks different, and I'm figuring out how to use it, and may tweak it a bit more, but... Read More...
May 03, 2016
That's right, Haines own Nori Nash (well, her parents and siblings still live here, and she is a Haines High grad.. I think that counts) otherwise known as Avon romance author Lenora Bell, has just... Read More...
May 03, 2016
This morning it was 37 when we got on our bikes to ride out the road, but it was so beautiful-- all sunshine and blue and green- the rain of the last few days has made the whole world leafy, and it... Read More...
May 03, 2016
Gershon introduced me as Haines' Eulogist Laureate at Ray's memorial, and I actually kind of like the title. That Ray Menaker and John Schnabel died within a few months of each other, and that they... Read More...
May 01, 2016
"Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough."- Garrison Keillor "One sweet thing about being a Catholic is that you can politely ask for forgiveness, and be granted... Read More...
Apr 27, 2016
Here's an idea for a new book, or  a TV show-- Death and Taxes, about an obituary writer and an accountant. (I haven't gotten farther than the title...) It came to me at the grocery store yesterday... Read More...
Apr 22, 2016
I should apologize, I am so wiggy that I have not been able to stop by here this week. It's spring affected disorder and there are too many stories in my head at once to make sense of anything. The... Read More...
Apr 17, 2016
"Most of us walk a winding path. Such is God's world; such is God's truth. Accept this. There is no need to resign ourselves to despair. Relish this rich life! Find the grace and beauty around every... Read More...

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