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Sep 14, 2014

"I could recite parts of the Baltimore Catechism in my sleep. Do I believe those words? I don't know. What I do believe are those guidelines that do not vary from faith to faith, that are as true of Judaism or Methodism as they are of Catholicism: that people should be kind to one...

Sep 11, 2014

It's Chip's 58th birthday today, and of course it's hard not to recall the day when his birthday became one of those benchmarks of history. It was sunny then,...

Sep 08, 2014

It was always hard to get a picture of Phoebe, as she kept her distance, yet was always nearby. She has been pretty sick for four or five days, and this morning she died. She was...

Sep 07, 2014

"Where saints and angels dwell above,

All hearts are knit in holy love;

O bind in us that heavenly chain,

Give peace, O God, give peace again."

-- The hymn...

Sep 04, 2014

This morning at 6:30 after my three choir boys said goodbye, Jerusa, Godfrey and Trevor joined the rest of the African Children's Choir on the sidewalk in front of the Presbyterian Church and sang an a cappella benediction in what sounded, in that dusky dawn hour in the stillness just...

Sep 02, 2014

I am hanging out with the stars of the show tonight at the Chilkat Center. I am used to hosting entertainers,  and catering to the needs of singers. Bluesman John Hammond liked fresh, yellow, un-blemished bananas (not always a sure thing in Haines) and Silver Oak Cabernet ( really expensive...

Aug 31, 2014

Here's how life changes for 12-15 years in one choice. (For the better, I mean) : I walk Pearl on the beach, meet my friend Beth and her dog Lucy, and they have already picked up John walking his dog Buddy, and John says he and his wife Meg are tired, since they have been fostering puppies...

Aug 28, 2014

 

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Aug 25, 2014

Chip asks me that every Monday--  This week things will gradually return to normal some more. He is weight bearing to 20 percent on the right leg, riding an exercise bike a little bit (ten-fifteen minutes a day) and doing some limited leg lifts. This morning he did his workout while I went...

Aug 24, 2014

In the 1850s, a long time before Facebook, Twitter, email, NYTimes.com and CNN, Henry David Thoreau was worried about how often his neighbors checked their mail and read the newspaper (once a...

Aug 21, 2014

I like to imagine the bear families silently padding past the house while I'm sleeping. There's a path through the grass in the yard, and a place where it's flattened, where they...

Aug 20, 2014

Is it a coincidence that I have walked down the same path nearly every day for fifteen years or so, and have never seen the root holding the big rock, bigger than a...

Aug 19, 2014

 

Oh my gosh-- Greg Brittenham, the former Knicks coach who has had a place here for a while, is the new PE teacher at the Haines School for grades K-12. I will let his bio from the school web site speak for itself:
 
Having recently...
Aug 17, 2014

 

"We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world."-- Jack Gilbert
 
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Aug 16, 2014

Christy Tengs Fowler's show last night at the Chilkat Center was the latest best thing on an already can-you-top-this kind of summer of weddings,  festivals, the Fair -- even the rain is amazing and breaking all records. Her songs, all based on Dr. Phil's books, TV show, and sayings...

Aug 14, 2014

I just got off the phone with Yukon cookbook author and Canadian food magazine columnist Michele Genest. She is speaking at the library this Saturday, and I'm on the board, plus I...

Aug 14, 2014

Yesterday the sun came out and the wind kicked in enough to dry out the lawn to mow.  But now it is raining again.Everything seems a little unsettled from the weather to the wildlife....

Aug 12, 2014

When Robin Williams visited Glacier Bay, a few miles as the the eagle flies from here, he supposedly said that if this isn't God's backyard, he certainly lives nearby. 

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Aug 10, 2014

The Love a Life can show Below

Is but a filament, I know

Of that diviner thing-- Emily Dickinson

Aug 08, 2014

"Everyday I see something that more or less kills me with delight."-- Mary Oliver

 

  

Aug 07, 2014

My very pregnant daughter Eliza (she's due Oct. 9) and her dog Annie are on the ferry steaming up from Juneau for Melina and Tim's wedding, and so is friend Mario from Seattle-- the sheets are changed and rooms straightened out. I set up a guy named Tony and his friends out at the cabin...

Aug 05, 2014

It's a lovely morning at Portage Cove, isn't it? And time to get organized following the Fair break, when we all abandoned everything to party and socialize and volunteer and eat and...

Aug 03, 2014

"Everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings. All the greatest people ever lived have been telling us that for five thousand years and yet you’d be surprised how people are always losing hold of it." -  From ...

Jul 31, 2014

I like to walk and when the sun is out I have something good I can talk about... I know, terrible pun, and actually, I don't have much to say as I have a to-do list a mile long (although not as long as yours I'm sure. Everyone is crazy busy here with the Fair , fish, house guests and...

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