Heather's Blog

Jun 02, 2017
  I miss the old Prairie Home Companion. "It's been a  quiet week in my hometown," is such a great introduction. So loaded with irony, especially as Keillor unfolds the drama that the past seven... Read More...
May 29, 2017
Eowyn Ivey (Pulitzer Prize finalist thanks to her first novel, The Snow Child) will be speaking and reading from her second novel, To the Bright Edge of the World, tomorrow (Tuesday, May 30) night at... Read More...
May 25, 2017
A few days off (away from my desk) in the garden and hanging out with friends and family is just what I needed. I've been a little blue with the borough stuff and Song's death, and am relieved that... Read More...
May 22, 2017
It's clearing, I think, though still blowing hard from the south, and there's a lot of standing water. The cherry blossoms fell like snow on the path. There may have been some real snow up high, but... Read More...
May 17, 2017
Of course sunshine helps, as does the tourist season, and construction season (the lumberyard is busy again), and fishing season is right around the corner and the fishermen in our family are gearing... Read More...
May 14, 2017
It's Mother's Day, the day my mother always dismissed as a scam by Hallmark in order to sell cards. She must be rolling her eyes at me for thinking of her today. Her grave is at Woodlawn Cemetery in... Read More...
May 09, 2017
I know, I missed the health fair, and so have to hope that my daily tablespoon of cod liver oil is working, and the Hospice of Haines rummage sale did just fine without me too. ( 10,000! Wow! Thank... Read More...
May 05, 2017
If this morning were any better I'd think I'd died and went to heaven-- the sun, the wind, the birds, thousands of gulls like noisy confetti on the flats at Lutak when we pedaled by before most... Read More...
May 02, 2017
Happy Tuesday is what Marnie used to say at the end of the every Morning Muscles Class (or Thursday, as that was the other early morning fitness session.) We don't meet for class anymore, for all... Read More...
May 01, 2017
Gratitude is the first verse of my hymn. I'm insisting on that, no matter what comes next. The news of a young friend's death coincides with moving a forty year-old father of three into a hospice... Read More...
Apr 24, 2017
We have a lot of meetings this week, and they are crucial, as the result will be a new manager. Both Brad Ryan, the current facilities director and interim manager, and Debra Schnabel, a former... Read More...
Apr 23, 2017
“To be hopeful in bad times is not to be foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is not just a history of cruelty. It is also one of compassion, sacrifice, courage, and... Read More...
Apr 19, 2017
Look what came in the mail today. Two heart rocks in a cool box, with a delightful poem from my old friend Marie. How perfect is this?! Look at this beautiful  heart shaped rock I found it this... Read More...
Apr 18, 2017
I just love this place. We had such a nice Easter, full of friends, family and good news -- my daughter JJ is the new principal of the Unalaska Dutch Harbor elementary school-- and our surfing son... Read More...
Apr 15, 2017
"Hail thee festival day! Blest day that art hallowed forever... " - Easter Hymn Salve festa dies
Apr 14, 2017
It is a very good Friday, actually. The sun is shining, the swans are gliding in the river (20!), and the goats are low on the ridge. We saw our first wet bear tracks on the road this morning as we... Read More...
Apr 12, 2017
  An April Afternoon   Mix a bowl of blue sky, lightly spun clouds, and a flowing tide with a happy dog's tail. Walk and Stir. Sift  twice.  Breathe, listen and look. Before you serve up gratitude,... Read More...
Apr 09, 2017
"When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, 'It is well, it is well, with my soul.' "   --  A nice old Hymn that we... Read More...
Apr 07, 2017
(Note that the previous title wrongly declared this to be the First Friday of August. The error was due to an auto-correct  feature that isn't as smart as it ought to be. It is definitely only April... Read More...
Apr 06, 2017
First, I’m on the mend, thanks to antibiotics. I tried all my home remedies and finally admitted defeat, and I’m glad I did. I feel much better but still have a nasty cough. It’s been going around... Read More...
Apr 02, 2017
  - By Roz Chast in the New Yorker I showered, dressed,attended the matinee of Lynn Canal Community Players fabulous comedy (Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers) this afternoon because Chip and... Read More...
Mar 26, 2017
My brain is rattled every time I sneeze or cough or the dogs bark, which are all often, as I have the flu, and I am caring for the grand dogs until their basketball star owners return on the ferry... Read More...
Mar 24, 2017
I didn't make it to Juneau yesterday. The snow began in earnest about the time I was due to fly out. But my daughters' team won their game, and so the Haines Women will defend their Gold Medal... Read More...
Mar 22, 2017
Maybe it is a sign of the off-kilter nature of these days that the egg I tried to balance on the the first day of Spring fell over. (I have heard you can do this on the equinox, as the earth is in... Read More...
Mar 19, 2017
"The fast pace of our lives makes it difficult for us to find grace in the present moment, and when the simple gifts at our fingertips cease to nourish us, we have a tendency to crave the sensational... Read More...

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