Heather's Blog

May 10, 2013
  This is what my husband said to my father on the phone: “Not much is new here. The weather is great. The kids are doing fine, and they found a murderer in our neighborhood."    Make that an... Read More...
May 08, 2013
It's ride your bicycle to school day, which meant we had a lot more company than normal as we pedaled in from the highway toward the Haines School this morning, usually we might see two other riders... Read More...
May 07, 2013
Maybe we should call it manic May? I mean, I wanted spring so badly that I was getting kind of depressed-- okay, really grumpy actually. But when it suddenly arrived yesterday-- late, but in a... Read More...
May 05, 2013
Schools of little fish properly called eulachon or more often hooligans, have arrived, just as they have every Alaskan spring since time in memorial. Yet the date they show up, the length of the run... Read More...
May 03, 2013
A very busy day puppy sitting.. and another one just like it today. Also, the Spring track meet was canceled because it is still mostly winter. But the prom is still on. Tonight is the fishermen's... Read More...
Apr 30, 2013
We could pretend this is March, then it wouldn't be odd at all to be so cold and relentlessly snowing. Then, a bike ride in the snow would be almost fun, something to laugh or even brag about-- or at... Read More...
Apr 29, 2013
The phones rings Saturday morning. My husband answers it. "Here, talk to the person who answers surveys," he says and hands it to me.  I say I do have a few minutes to answer questions about Alaska... Read More...
Apr 28, 2013
  The Chilkat Center was full a few summers ago for Pete Lapham’s funeral. So many of us felt like we knew him well because the DOT foreman waved, smiled, or nodded it seemed at everyone he passed... Read More...
Apr 27, 2013
"Snow. It's the new Spring." -- Walter Betz, yesterday at Mountain Market.  
Apr 26, 2013
It is 32 degrees, snowing sideways and the north wind is blowing 20 mph. "Real feel 17" is what the weather icon on the community web page says. Today is the drop off for the annual spring hospice... Read More...
Apr 25, 2013
I have been inspired to spring clean my office this week by beautiful photos in the New York Times of one writer's lovely writing space. It was so tidy and pretty. Mine, on the other hand, looks like... Read More...
Apr 22, 2013
Lynn Canal Community Players weekend drama, Dinner With Friends, was just great. I had dreaded it because of the publicity, which emphasized the serious tone of infidelity, divorce, and friends... Read More...
Apr 21, 2013
"When a wave of love takes over a human being, love of another human being,love of nature, love of all mankind, love of the universe, such an exultation takes him that he knows he has put his finger... Read More...
Apr 18, 2013
This morning as we were walking a whole pack of dogs on the beach (there were three humans and five canines) we marveled at how this time yesterday it was snowing but by the evening it was clear and... Read More...
Apr 17, 2013
 It's snowing. I know, 'nuff said.  There's music in the stacks from noon-1 at the library featuring Dr. Feldman on his concertina. Tomorrow at noon it' s that wayfaring mariner Scott Pearce &... Read More...
Apr 17, 2013
  Here's a little spring verse, set to motions and music for the young and the young at heart. Words by Emily Dickinson tune by Nancy Nash-- (But you can make up or borrow your own if you don't know... Read More...
Apr 16, 2013
Am I the only one who couldn't sleep last night after all those horrific images from Boston? I won't look anymore. The radio is enough. How could anyone be so evil? All I kept thinking about was when... Read More...
Apr 14, 2013
New Year's resolutions and good wishes really should be made in the Spring, when so much more seems possible than in January. Here's one I love, from Maxine Kumin's poem, Magellan Street, 1974: This... Read More...
Apr 13, 2013
The sun is out, the snow is mostly gone, the geese are back in the ponds on the beach, and my neighbor Betty saw her first hummingbird. No doubt the little guy rode up on the back of a goose. Is that... Read More...
Apr 11, 2013
 At Morning Muscles this morning I asked Marnie if the reason my formally achy joints  felt so good is because of the yoga cleanse. I mean, does this mean I never can have coffee again?( Ice cream?... Read More...
Apr 09, 2013
 Can you tell I heard Dr. Thomas Thornton speak last night at the library on the importance of place names in Tlingit culture? His latest book, Haa Leek'w Has Saax'u/ Our Grandparents' Names on Land... Read More...
Apr 07, 2013
About a year and a half ago my friend Rene asked me to write her obituary. While I had all the notes, and was able to visit her a week before she died, I still felt like it was really bad luck to... Read More...
Apr 05, 2013
If you are heading out for a walk on the beach bundle up. There's a brisk north wind and it's in the twenties-- but oh, the sunshine and the snowy mountains make this time of year so beautiful! My... Read More...
Apr 04, 2013
The yoga spring cleanse continues. I feel better today and am only on one cup of half  de-caf. My question is, after hearty crock pot beans and rice last night and stewed prunes, apricots and fresh... Read More...

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