Heather's Blog

Sep 30, 2014
Wow, what a storm blew through this morning. The sky turned dark and then green, the ash trees shook and bent and the leaves tore right off.  I said it looked like a thunderstorm, but Chip said it was too cold. Turns out that while I don't think we had any lightening right here, they did...
Sep 29, 2014
I don't think it could have gotten any wetter moose hunting. The water was not only falling from the sky it was bubbling up out of the ground. My guess is that September will be the 4th month in a row where we break a rainfall record. This is like living in Ketchikan. Speaking of which (...
Sep 26, 2014
We have been moose hunting, and that means away from electricity and cell service even. ( I read a good article about wilderness rescues being more common now that there are more devices to call for help on, but for us anyway, it's still a note to the kids about where we plan to be, and when to...
Sep 22, 2014
What with the storm yesterday (raining sideways, blowing about 50) even Pearl wouldn't walk, and I only left the house twice, to take my son to the ferry and for church. For a small congregation there was a lot of news during the half-time stretch when we greet each with, "May the peace of...
Sep 21, 2014
Haines moose hunting is 90% watching, waiting, luck and thinking about stuff you don't usually have time for-- and 10% everything else, like the shooting part-- so you don't have to worry about wearing orange when you walk in the woods. Hunters here do not shoot at anything that moves....
Sep 21, 2014
"When we start at the center of ourselves, we discover something worthwhile extending toward the periphery of the circle. We find again some joy in the now, some peace in the here, some love in the me and thee which go to make up the kingdom of heaven on earth."-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh...
Sep 16, 2014
  I had a note yesterday from our neighborhood basketball star, former  UAA standout Kyle Fossman, who asked if there was anything happening in Haines besides the annual moose hunt (it opened yesterday and will last about three weeks), then he said he has just signed to play pro ball in...
Sep 16, 2014
I keep catching myself saying, "I just want my normal life back." Then, I imagine that I can wake up and workout, have a nice breakfast with Chip, chat with you all a minute, then walk the dog, make my third and final cup of coffee for the day, get to re-writing that novel I like so much...
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 another...
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, a beautiful morning, and we were getting to ride our bikes when he turned on the news and we saw the fire in the towers....
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 about sixteen, maybe seventeen. Three digits in dog years. She occupied our home during a major chunk of the big family...
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 "O God of love, O King of peace" , words by Sir Williams Henry Baker, and others. (This verse was first sung in the 1860s...
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 from...
Aug 28, 2014
     
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 to...
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 week should suffice, he said) because, he wrote, "I believe the mind can be permanently profaned...
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 took a nap. The raspberry canes have been tugged over.  There's scat on the beach to mark the...
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 bowling ball, skyward, just a few feet off the trail, until two days ago, and now I cannot miss it? And even odder-- my dog walking...
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 resigned from his position as Director of...
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    
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 like books and authors-- and I don't why I didn't think of this sooner-- but figured I'd share the...
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. The rain has swelled the muddy Chilkat, and the full moon tides are extreme, making for waves close to...

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