Heather's Blog

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 published How the Duke was Won, a real bodice ripper, to great critical acclaim--...
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 smells like new cut grass, wood smoke, and at the hooligan pits at 4 mile, fermenting fish...
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 were sort of the Yin and Yang of modern Haines, and that they spent their last years together...
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 forgiveness...but the crucial part of the sacrament that we don't talk about is...
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 when I saw Greg, an accountant friend, and I asked if he was enjoying all his...
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 bear mauling that made national news took up a few days of chasing down what happened, and...
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 crooked corner."-- Jonathan Erdman
Apr 15, 2016
My favorite line from Erma's obituary came from a letter her nephew Omar sent to Erma's daughter Debra-- "I struggle to think of anyone I have known who genuinely cared more for others than herself as much as Erma. I know you and your family appreciated and understood that...
Apr 12, 2016
I have been in Homer a long weekend, hosted and feted by the Friends of the Library there. I was a special star because the Haines library, which I am on the board of, inspired the Homer community to build their new library, so they made me feel very welcome. This is also National Library...
Apr 06, 2016
April showers will bring April leaves-- the next time the sun comes out, which may be Friday. In the meantime it's been a little wet and windy and kind of chilly-- 45 and rain is colder than you'd think. The beach is not so much fun when you are walking into rainy gales, and when you've...
Apr 04, 2016
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Apr 01, 2016
I fought with my forgotten Skype IDs and passwords for two days so I could talk with an interviewer in South Korea for ten minutes, entertained guests-- twice--, had a eulogy to write for John Schnabel (still working on it.. it's "due" by his memorial service at 4:...
Mar 28, 2016
Yup, the Haines women won the Gold Medal tourney in Juneau this weekend, and after we all arrived home on the ferry at noon yesterday, took naps, and had a quiet Easter dinner, we all went to bed. I was asleep by eight. I didn't even play and I was exhausted by the energy in the gym and with...
Mar 24, 2016
I know it is Maundy Thursday-- the night of the Last Supper, and tomorrow is Good Friday, and Easter isn't until Sunday, but it is a moveable feast, and it sure feels like a happy morning today after so much sorrow and stress and grief the last two weeks-- John Schnabel's obituary...
Mar 22, 2016
Writer J. California Copper wrote that it's not so hard to face death-- as we all have to, and so really have no choice--the challenge she said was living. So you may ask, "Where have been, what's the matter?" and to that I respond with her words-- "The matter is life!...
Mar 19, 2016
It has been a hard ten days, we cut short our cycling trip after our dear friend's son died following a deep depression. Writing the obituary while hosting the family in our home, which was a tornado of grief and love, friends, family, babies, wet dogs, burning bacon, and endless...
Mar 04, 2016
I will miss the ballet recital tomorrow, but you can still go if you are in town, it's at 10:30 in the Chilkat Center, and you don't need to have a relative in it to love, love, love it-- the sweetness factor is huge. I will be in Juneau, and then on to bike camp for grown-ups with...
Mar 03, 2016
I flew from Kodiak to Anchorage first thing Sunday morning, and the plan was to fly Alaska Airlines from there to Juneau shortly after arriving, which meant I'd be able to spend the day and night in Juneau with my daughters and grandson before riding the Haines ferry home on Monday. I...
Mar 02, 2016
I came home in time to vote in the Republican caucus poll, but am not a Republican so I couldn't. The Republican I am married to did not vote. He can't see any of the candidates being president. One friend summed the election this way: "Twenty-six people in Haines voted for Trump...
Feb 25, 2016
Of course it is. Even if the pool is closed and Marnie is out of town so there is no yoga or Morning Muscles, and it's raining and gray. So gray that yesterday planes didn't fly all day (in spite of nearly 10 hours of daylight), I know because I was hoping to be in Juneau today...
Feb 23, 2016
It was like the 80s logging and mill battles all over again last night at the Chilkat Center only this time it was mining vs. fish. (Sort of. It wasn't meant to be, but we jumped the gun.) "A little tense" is how one friend described the informational meeting on Tier 3 or Outstanding...
Feb 22, 2016
I have two obituaries to write today for teacher Betty Venables who taught at The Haines Christian School back when there was one,  and George Meacock Jr., who was the son of a prominent pioneering family. George graduated from Haines High in 1951 in a class with three boys and...
Feb 21, 2016
“They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”  ~ Harper Lee...
Feb 19, 2016
The Chilkat River isn't so much talking this morning as it is howling-- my face has a fine layer of silty grit thanks to the dust storm blowing down from Klukwan. I would have taken a picture, but my mittens are too clunky and I couldn't take them off without flash-freezing my fingers...

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