Heather's Blog

Sep 26, 2016
It's a kind of Goldilocks morning, what with Mama Bear and Baby Bear taking turns with which bed (of grass, in the back yard anyway) was the most comfortable last night. Fortunately Papa Bear was... Read More...
Sep 25, 2016
“One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native home of hope. When it fully learns that cooperation, not rugged individualism, is the quality that most characterizes and preserves it,... Read More...
Sep 21, 2016
Right after I wrote yesterday, Chip shot a moose. Number 17 in the Haines hunt. (They changed the board after checking us in.) The total will be 25, and that could be reached pretty soon. It... Read More...
Sep 20, 2016
There have been 14 moose taken in the hunt so far (at least as of last night according to the white board in the window of the Fish & Game office). We didn't get one of them, but, as Chip says,... Read More...
Sep 14, 2016
So, I am in a bit of trouble. The plumber arrived this morning to fix something in the basement that has to do with winter ventilation. The fan has been broken all summer, but needs to be working by... Read More...
Sep 12, 2016
Chip, my ever low key husband, who does not, as I do, love a good party, except with his family which he argues is plenty (and he has a point, there are enough of us that we are a crowd.. five kids... Read More...
Sep 11, 2016
I have spent two hours thumbing through books, searching folded pages and underlines, Googling around on love, loss, marriage, life-- to find a proper "thought" for Sunday 9-11. It's challenging.... Read More...
Sep 06, 2016
Chip rode 100 miles for his 60th birthday on Saturday. (As he said, 'What I'd really like for my birthday is for us to ride a 100 miles') I think I told you that already. Also, he won't be 60 until... Read More...
Sep 04, 2016
"As I grew older, I realized I only had questions. For a long time this made me feel vulnerable and afraid, and then suddenly, as though I'd reached a kind of emotional puberty, it made me feel... Read More...
Sep 02, 2016
I should have said, "September already?" (Tonight I'm looking forward to September's First Friday from 5-7 downtown, I saw John Hagen hanging his photography exhibit at Joanie's gallery, and there... Read More...
Aug 31, 2016
I am still trying to get back in the dance of normal days after weeks of being here and yon. And now I'm running for assembly, which may seem crazy, but my not so sub-conscious motive is that then I... Read More...
Aug 28, 2016
Yes, I am home from Tenakee, and was woken up this morning by a black and white domestic bunny rabbit thumping on the back door. He hopped under the greenhouse when I opened it. And last night we... Read More...
Aug 19, 2016
I'm on my way to Tenakee Springs, a tiny village on an island south of here, to see my friends Teresa and Larry, and meet with the Tenakee Springs book club. I have also packed flip-flops for the... Read More...
Aug 15, 2016
Bruce Weber, a long time New York Times obituary writer, said goodbye in a retirement column today with this observation that rings true even for my work in the much smaller Chilkat Valley News: "...... Read More...
Aug 14, 2016
From Rilke's Book of Hours, shared with you after hearing it read on the radio this morning... I circle around God, around the primordial tower. I've been circling for thousands of years and I still... Read More...
Aug 13, 2016
  I realize I might as well still be in Italy for all you have heard from me since I returned. I'm sorry. It's not personal. Rather, I have a house full of family and friends and it's been a tad... Read More...
Aug 07, 2016
From E.B. White: "I belong to a small, unconventional school that believes that no rat poison is the correct amount to spread in the kitchen where children and puppies can get at it. I believe that... Read More...
Aug 01, 2016
 My favorite Italian scene took place at a public pool in Florence (it was 99 degrees and we decided to go were the locals do to beat the heat). It was crowded with young people mostly, and a few... Read More...
Jul 12, 2016
"Travel is fatal to prejudice,bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."-- Mark Twain Oh my gosh. I am off to Italy with my daughter JJ. (What was I thinking?-- Wait-- it will be so fun..once we board the... Read More...
Jul 10, 2016
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of... Read More...
Jul 07, 2016
Yesterday I did my weekly cruise ship book talk. Afterwards, while I was signing copies of Find The Good (Holland America Line buys my books from The Babbling Book store on Main St., and re-sells... Read More...
Jul 06, 2016
Haines is in the midst of an arts revival. I mean, we've always had a lot of artists, but thanks to Carol Tuynman and the Arts Confluence and the Art Place America grant, there's a surge of public... Read More...
Jul 03, 2016
" 'I'll pray for you', one person says to another as they part. I will join myself to you when I sit in the presence of God. I will intend your good in the stillness of my soul. I will long for your... Read More...
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...

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