Heather's Blog

Aug 28, 2015
Please don't take it personally that I have been a little lax in keeping in touch. It has nothing to do with you I promise-- Summer is not traditionally my desk time and this one even more so than others, but winter is, and it is coming. ( We are losing 5 minutes of light each day and...
Aug 27, 2015
At the end of the yoga retreat we were challenged to begin a practice of thinking of four things each night before we fall asleep that brought us joy that day. Only four? My squirrel brain hoards these good nuts. When I close my eyes to do this, I start listing things that happened...
Aug 20, 2015
It is my grand daughter's first day of school. I will be volunteering in her kindergarten room once a week and I'm looking forward to it. Yesterday, I had my weekly book talk on the Zaandam, a Holland America Lines ship docked in Haines. The assistant harbor master ...
Aug 16, 2015
I am once again at Sarana's yoga retreat here in Haines. It is so close to home I can walk, which is my favorite way to "vacation." And this morning, during the meditation we begin each day with, Sarana spoke of gratitude, and then she said some very nice things to our host and...
Aug 14, 2015
Yes, the man in the bear suit does live here and I'm pretty sure I know his name, as there is only one guy with a bear suit in town and he wears it often, usually while roller blading. (And writes about it for the Chilkat Valley News in his column.) I ran into him and his dog Falafel...
Aug 10, 2015
Grandma Joanne is making a divinity pie, which is made of Ritz crackers, walnuts, sugar, and egg whites, with a lot of whipped cream on top. It has been known to send at least one of our friends to the hospital with heart failure (he got better and joked it was named divinity pie because...
Aug 09, 2015
"Summer afternoon ~ summer afternoon; to me those have always been the most beautiful words in the English language." - Henry James
Aug 07, 2015
It's another First Friday party downtown (and all around town) in Haines today, with Dan Henry reading from his John Muir book at the Arts Confluence office between 5-7 and an opening in Joanie's gallery next door, and another up in the Fort at Nelle's shop featuring local artists, and...
Aug 06, 2015
I know, that's a mouthful-- but I've been thinking about what we know about life on earth, animals, and plants, and people-- but cannot explain-- exactly. How sometimes I have locked eyes not with a dog, or a chicken, that I expect to communicate with-- but ...
Aug 03, 2015
I did not carry a camera for JJ's wedding--  so here are some snapshots from her friend Hannah Blilie who takes great wedding pictures, and swears she is an amateur. (I beg to differ.) JJ and Bryan were married on a boat-- one of the water taxis that  runs between Haines and Skagway....
Jul 29, 2015
From my inbox this morning: Dearest Heather: I am sending good thoughts your way as we have not seen your blog since the 19th.  We are knowing that all is well with you and yours.  If your life is less than perfect at the moment, just know that we are lifting you all up in prayer. Carole...
Jul 19, 2015
"Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as well as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born. What would the world be like without music or rivers or the...
Jul 17, 2015
 This lovely review appeared in my inbox this morning from the South Bergenite/NorthJersey.com. The reviewer says: “At times heart-achingly poignant, at others heart-meltingly sweet, "Find the Good" reminds us those last words will come soon enough, far too soon for...
Jul 15, 2015
That's what Chip asked me when I told him I swam hard for an hour straight  in the pool this morning. "You don't want to know," I told him. The harbor project was on my mind, particularly preserving the beauty of the waterfront.  But there are so many...
Jul 13, 2015
I wanted to say something at Fireman Al’s retirement party yesterday. Something about how he saved my life, and something about how he not only responds when living people need help in an emergency, but that he is the one who shows up when they die, at home, in bed, or in many other, less...
Jul 08, 2015
  I was on the radio yesterday, doing my weekly country show hosting in between two obituaries ( William H. Seward impersonator and history buff John Venables and fisherman and artist Jay Miller.) I thought that my editor Tom would not be pleased that I was volunteering...
Jul 05, 2015
"Believe today in all the good you have done, in all the good you have been, in all the good you are each and every day you wake to what God has called you to do." - Bishop Steven Charleston
Jul 02, 2015
It's a good thing it rained all day, because I didn't mind hanging out in the kitchen peeling and boiling potatoes and eggs and chopping celery and onion and mixing in what looked like a gallon of mayo and mustard and relish for the classic Firemen's Barbecue 'tub of tater...
Jul 01, 2015
Yesterday was my birthday. I'm 56, and very happy to have made it this far, thank you very much. I was sitting on the porch with a bunch of women friends gathered for Zumba and wine (my daughter is an instructor and gave the short, easy class for  we - mostly-- beginners in the...
Jun 28, 2015
"When all thy mercies, O my God, my rising soul surveys, transported with the view, I'm lost in wonder,love, and praise." -- Joseph Addison ( Words to Hymn 415 in the Episcopal Hymnal)
Jun 27, 2015
It's been a big week. After re-testing, the town water turns out fine and perhaps always was. No one got sick and no babies or old people died. (I read too much about E.Coli outbreaks this week, as you can see.)  I also said yes when Nelle called to ask if I'd help...
Jun 26, 2015
Boy is it windy-- gusting to 55 knots at the Eldred Rock lighthouse. It was work walking Pearl into the wind this morning. But we friends and dogs walked with light hearts from just living in these historical times-- what news-- gay marriage is legal in all 50 states. I won't forget the...
Jun 25, 2015
Yesterday late afternoon the Borough announced that a routine test of the town water system found E.coli, and told users to boil water for cooking and drinking (and I would add bathing babies), for two minutes. I think the test was taken Monday, and the results came back yesterday, and...
Jun 23, 2015
My mother used to say that my quiet husband (especially around his in-laws) didn't say much, but what he said was "pithy." I thought about that when on Sunday morning Chip looked at the Fort Seward Parade Grounds, where the  night before hundreds of cyclists had camped tent-...
Jun 21, 2015
A year ago on Father's Day, the day after the annual Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay, we were at Harborview trauma center in Seattle and a team of doctors were figuring out how to put Chip's pelvis, ribs, and lung back together after a horrible crash in stage 1 of the race. ...

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