Heather's Blog

Sep 19, 2017
Louise Erdrich was the guest author for the annual 49 Writers' retreat at Tutka Bay Lodge in Homer. She was so generous and genuine it made me want to be a writer again. (Lately, as you may have... Read More...
Sep 06, 2017
A quick correction-- I will be at the UAA Bookstore tomorrow evening 5-7, not 7 as I mistakenly typed yesterday ( I have since corrected it! ) It was pretty foggy yesterday, both outside and... Read More...
Sep 05, 2017
It's a busy day with two obituaries to write before I leave for Anchorage (UAA Bookstore 5-7 pm Thursday night) and a writing retreat in Homer with Louise Erdrich (!) - I can't quite believe I just... Read More...
Sep 03, 2017
"You get your confidence and intuition back by trusting yourself, by being militantly on your own side." - Anne Lamott ​ Is it a coincidence, that just when I needed to hear that, I read it, flipping... Read More...
Sep 01, 2017
I saw a friend yesterday who also used to have a home full of kids and I confessed that only she would appreciate how I had lived through all that busy family time, and along the way had many dogs—... Read More...
Aug 27, 2017
"When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love..." -- Marcus Aurelius  Meditations
Aug 24, 2017
This morning I was on a radio show with Bruce Weber, the New York Times obituary writer who wrote the obit for the man who  invented the Hokey Pokey, E.L. Doctorow, Edward Albee, Jonathan Demme.. to... Read More...
Aug 23, 2017
My friend was answering his phone "path of totality" this week, and it made me laugh-- as the lingo of the eclipse, like so many things, has other meanings in the wider world. Totality: wholeness,... Read More...
Aug 21, 2017
I never managed to get to Sunday's Thought yesterday, for all kinds of good reasons. Then this morning, my friend who has brain cancer and yet remains so cheerful and productive and generous with her... Read More...
Aug 19, 2017
I will be in Anchorage on Thursday, September 7 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm ( I note the hour because I have been up from 5-7 am a lot these days..) at the UAA Campus Bookstore, reading from my books and... Read More...
Aug 16, 2017
It was a late night waiting for the election results. The voting machines jammed, and the clerk wanted to be extra sure all the ballots were accounted for. The No Recall side won, 600 and some votes... Read More...
Aug 16, 2017
Yup, all three of us kept our Haines Borough Assembly seats tonight.  Tresham Gregg, me, and Tom Morphet- by 100 votes.Yay!
Aug 14, 2017
I've been taking a lot of walks, which is one of the side effects of a new puppy who is learning to be house trained. But I did manage to get to the Presbyterian Church yesterday-- and that was the... Read More...
Aug 11, 2017
The CVN/ KHNS radio forum went well. You can listen to it here and decide for yourself if we are guilty as charged. The recall supporters declined to answer questions or speak in favor of it. Don... Read More...
Aug 09, 2017
I have been out of town is all--Way out of town. About as far as you can go-- to the Aleutian chain, Unalaska and the Port of Dutch Harbor, helping my daughter move in for her new job at the school... Read More...
Jul 24, 2017
I was in Juneau for a wedding (more on that later) when Variety announced that my books are being turned into a semi-fictional TV drama series-- Here's the official scoop.  I really am excited (and a... Read More...
Jul 14, 2017
Poet Maggie Smith writes that "the tall summer field is a keeper of secrets" in her poem Rasp, that arrived in my poem-a-day inbox yesterday. I haven't meant to keep secrets from you- but I had to... Read More...
Jul 03, 2017
I drop everything for house guests, and when they are family even more so and it's been a full house for a few weeks now, what with the kids from Juneau and now my dad, Papa Bob, is here. There is... Read More...
Jun 28, 2017
Cycling back into town after an eventful spin along the muddy Chilkat River this morning all I smelled were roses and toast. The wild roses are doing much better with the cool gray weather than my... Read More...
Jun 23, 2017
It's been busy, what with the kids from Juneau here, making six grandchildren in town at once. Babysitting at nap time is my duty, and seeing as how baby Molly often sleeps on my bed and I don't want... Read More...
Jun 20, 2017
I've been meaning to check in after the bike race. I'm fine! We actually had the best ride ever on stages 7 & 8 from the border into town, racing a Canadian friend and pedaling into the wind at... Read More...
Jun 16, 2017
 The bike race is tomorrow and it is snowing at the summit and expected to snow again overnight with flurries during the day. It will be cold and nasty up there with a strong head wind -- But, as... Read More...
Jun 12, 2017
The wind has just not quit for several days. It's making us slightly crazy-- try biking into a southerly at 25 knots. (I hope it blows itself out by Saturday's 25th annual Kluane to Chilkat... Read More...
Jun 11, 2017
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. ”- C.S. Lewis Of course you can't find courage if nothing bad... Read More...
Jun 09, 2017
I came home to find a note on the counter from my friend Becky, "I thought it would be fun if you and I got matching tattoos!" (Although she used one t in the middle not two- it's not everyday either... Read More...

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