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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...
Mar 17, 2017
It is St. Patrick's Day, maybe your birthday too, or a birthday of someone you once loved and lost. It could even be your due date, and you are now wondering, if you are in labor, do I give him or... Read More...
Mar 16, 2017
It may look like I am walking Pearl, but I am actually still in the Haines Borough Assembly meeting that began Tuesday at 6:30, recessed at 10:00pm, resumed at 1:00pm yesterday, and then recessed a... Read More...
Mar 13, 2017
That was quite the snow fall and blow last night. The good news is we are all in this together. Much of the country will be feeling Alaskan this week as we shovel snow, make changes in plans, and... Read More...
Mar 12, 2017
“You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”  ― Anne Lamott ​I have been thinking seriously about getting a talking parrot... Read More...
Mar 08, 2017
This morning we walked with a whole pack of dogs-- it's pretty funny how my friend and I are both down to one dog, but we babysit others. This week we have six large dogs between us. We've been... Read More...
Mar 07, 2017
It's a lot colder here than when I left two weeks ago, and hard to believe that in North Carolina it was 80. In Florida that's expected, but it was actually a little cooler there. My talks at "The... Read More...
Feb 21, 2017
The bed is changed, the chickens are fed and watered, the plants are too, and I am all packed, the Blessed Virgin Mary medal is around my neck, and I am just about ready to catch the plane to Juneau... Read More...
Feb 20, 2017
The last page of the book that last year's first graders wrote on the life of civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich says, "Thank you Elizabeth!" The children wrote the book after a trip to the... Read More...
Feb 19, 2017
"There is no less holiness at this time-- as you are reading this-- than there was on the day the Red Sea parted."- Annie Dillard
Feb 15, 2017
I knew a family who came to Haines from down south-- real south, I think it was Missouri, or maybe Arkansas-- who celebrated Valentine's Day with a Valentine Tree. The branches were bare and draped... Read More...
Feb 12, 2017
 Brian Doyle, whose work I'm a big fan of,  wrote about meeting Bishop Desmond Tutu in Portland back in 2015, and shared this impromptu riff Tutu gave on faith, "The world will say you are silly! Be... Read More...
Feb 09, 2017
Since you've asked what my schedule is:  I will be giving a reading and answering questions (weather permitting as I'm flying from Haines) tomorrow, Friday Feb. 10 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor... Read More...
Feb 08, 2017
My friend Teresa calls Haines "spiritual boot camp," because it can be so challenging to love our neighbors as ourselves, especially after meetings like the one last night, where many angry people,... Read More...
Feb 05, 2017
 “Being civil isn’t just trying to be respectful toward the people we know. It is also to care about our common life...there’s something that binds human beings together that politics can’t create... Read More...
Jan 31, 2017
The first morning in San Pancho, Mexico, I walked down to the corner cafe, a one room affair with two French doors open onto the street so that it feels like a covered porch, to buy a cup of coffee. ... Read More...

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