Heather's Blog

Mar 03, 2015
The thing about a play, about rocking a baby, about the toast at her wedding 30 years later, about the Northern lights over Mt. Ripinsky following the cast party--  truly about this one wonderful life we have--- is that once it's done it's gone. Yet...
Mar 01, 2015
“What I want is so simple I almost can't say it: elementary kindness.”  --Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
Feb 27, 2015
It's life these days for the seven of us in the play- and our director, stage manager and the four tech/prop/make-up people. "Dancing at Lughnasa" has been our life for the darkest, worst some would say-- part of the winter, so I suppose the sunshine and blue sky -- it feels...
Feb 25, 2015
Join me for a post swim cocktail? Kate Mundy, my alter-ego in "Dancing at Lughnasa" would no doubt approve of a tablespoon of cod liver oil washed down with a pint of cider, water, and a vitamin C packet. This why when everyone else laughs when Kate pulls out the cod liver oil...
Feb 22, 2015
"There are random moments-- tossing a salad, coming up the driveway to the house, ironing the seams flat on a quilt square, standing at the kitchen window looking out at the delphiniums, hearing a burst of laughter from the children's rooms-- when I feel a wavelike rush of joy. This...
Feb 20, 2015
These Chilkat mornings are slaying me. They begin all foggy and still, and then the clouds lift and everything swirls all white and blue and green. You'd think a person would be used to it when you see it everyday, but that's not true. The neighbors and the dog walkers were...
Feb 19, 2015
My life is revolving around play rehearsals and all the other to-doings associated with it. (Feb. 27,28 and March 1 in the Chilkat Center.) I have to make my hair darker, iron my costume. Find socks, and reading glasses. And a tea pot. It was very good last night that our church meets in the...
Feb 17, 2015
The say that there is some Biblical thing- a curse even-- that prevents women from recalling the pain of child birth so we will have another baby, but there may be also a kind of magic that makes grandmothers forget how much work young children are. We have had two little girls for four nights and...
Feb 15, 2015
Lord make me an instrument of your peace! Where there is hatred let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be...
Feb 13, 2015
I would like to tell you something profound about how I feel today-- kind of warm and teary, to tell you the truth-  because 30 years ago this afternoon at 1 o'clock my daughter Sarah was born on the Haines clinic in a blizzard--  (WAIT! WHOOPS? Sarah wasn't born ON the...
Feb 11, 2015
I've been saying that a lot lately-- it has been beautiful-- as well as "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph." And "Mother of God," because of the play.  I am Kate, a proper, pious woman. But sadly, things are all going to hell for her by the second act. (...
Feb 08, 2015
From June Callwood: "If people were kinder, they would be happier. If they were happier, more people would be kindly. If more people were happy the world would be kinder. If the world were kinder it might survive." I have been thinking about that-- and about Annie...
Feb 06, 2015
I have spent three days recording the audio book of Find the Good for HighBridge Audio Books at Betsy Simms' Studio A here in Juneau at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. (Once I got the part to basically play myself, I asked if we could do the recording somewhere...
Feb 02, 2015
The ferry from Juneau was canceled, so all the swim meet kids and the junior high basketball tournament kids are still here until today's ferry. James and his mother decided to stay until tomorrow's quieter, less crowded boat, when all three of us will head down to Juneau together. I...
Feb 01, 2015
Hold a baby to your ear As you would a shell: Sounds of centuries you hear New centuries foretell.   Who can break  a baby's code? And which is older-- The listener or his small load? The held or the holder?                ...
Jan 30, 2015
First, you need to know that the sun is out, and is supposed to stay out, and the ski trail is set along the Chilkoot River to the lake, and there's a big swim meet and the Dolphins could use more timers for Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. It will be over by the Superbowl party at...
Jan 29, 2015
Finally snow! And lot's of it, relatively. For this winter anyway. The plow just went by out on Mud Bay Road, and we have yet to shovel out the house. Morning Muscles was canceled. Marnie said to get our workout clearing snow. I have been panicked, slightly, with the play-- my...
Jan 27, 2015
"Dancing at our time of day?" Is a line from the play Dancing at Lughnasa, that I get to say about it not being proper for the so-called "mature" Irish sisters, all unmarried, to attend a dance. "Do you want us to be the laughing stock of the countryside?...
Jan 25, 2015
From poet Mary Oliver: "Every day I walk out into the world  to be dazzled, then to be reflective. It suffices, it is all comfort-- along with human love,  dog love, water love..."
Jan 24, 2015
I'm trying to learn my lines for the play, Dancing at Lughnasa, and it is not as easy as I had hoped it would be. Then again, the nightly hurricanes this week have exhausted me, and I have trouble concentrating when I'm groggy. Pearl reacts to the wind and the rain like it's...
Jan 21, 2015
I have had several notes from out of towners concerning the last letter about the Mosquito Lake School and what will happen to it.  After listening to everyone talk about how important it was, as both a school and  a community center, the manager withdrew his request...
Jan 21, 2015
I've been getting teased a bit about telling Borough Manager Sosa that hope is a course of action in Haines. It happened at the last planning commission meeting (I’m on the commission). We had just listened to an hour of testimony from folks who want to the keep the Mosquito Lake School...
Jan 19, 2015
I have always wanted to write a country song. The good ones are poems that you can sing too, which to me is the perfect combination of my favorite things. So at yesterday’s adult dance and music camp at the Chilkat Center, I took a songwriting class from Christy Fowler. (The first and...
Jan 18, 2015
"In the midst of a mighty struggle to rid our nation of racial and economic injustice, I have heard so many ministers say, "Those are social issues which the gospel has nothing to do with," and I have watched so many churches commit themselves to a completely otherworldly...
Jan 13, 2015
 Happy Tuesday.  Say it three times and make it so. Which will be challenging since it is raining and slushing. It feels like we are living in a cold shower lined with ice. The whole gripper thing is an issue as well. My preffered ice cleats are the micro-spikes. They are great...

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