Heather's Blog

Jun 09, 2013
This is what I want my grandchildren to know: that every day they have a choice to wake up on the good side of the bed or the bad, with a smile or a frown, with a howl or a song. So here is a little... Read More...
Jun 08, 2013
As Mary Oliver says, this is why I wake early-- an early summer morning with a good dog to share it with is the preacher there ever was.  
Jun 07, 2013
A week from today we'll be driving up to Haines Junction, Yukon to camp overnight before joining about a thousand other cyclists in a race to Haines. The Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay is... Read More...
Jun 06, 2013
Food for thought:  last night at the Fireweed (it was very busy,  with a wait for tables) the special was a delicious shrimp curry. Our crowd (Chip and I, our son, daughter & husband, and... Read More...
Jun 05, 2013
There was a really big ship in town yesterday-- so large it made the hefty Port Chilkoot Dock look like a toy. It seemed as if the ship could pull the dock away with it. From one angle just about all... Read More...
Jun 04, 2013
At Shelly's talk last night at the library I learned that it is a good thing to wear rose colored glasses, and that people who do, are happier, and that there is data to prove it, thanks to... Read More...
Jun 03, 2013
I am so sorry not to have told where I went and when I would return-- I thought I'd be able to visit from Skagway and would check in after I arrived-- but my motel did not have internet-- And, like a... Read More...
May 28, 2013
 I left the comfort of grandbabies and a big family breakfast Sunday to fly to Juneau to attend a  friend's memorial service ( you may recall elementary teacher Rene Walker's obituary? It was for her... Read More...
May 24, 2013
Summer is here right on time for the beer festival, the salmon derby, planting the garden, and getting on the bike to prepare for the race on June 15-  The weather is supposed to be warm ( the 7-0... Read More...
May 23, 2013
Our lumberyard did not burn down this morning, although the fast roaring fire next door was pretty scary, and thanks to the great Haines Volunteer Fire Department it was contained to one substantial... Read More...
May 20, 2013
High pressure is in the forecast for the entire week, and it's supposed to be 67 on Friday, just in time for the beerfest. This is technically not news in Alaska in May, or at least according to my... Read More...
May 19, 2013
"Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over the dunes, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over a pond...get a life in which... Read More...
May 16, 2013
From the Haines Police Blotter, May 14th:  "At approximately 12:45 p.m. a local lodging reported that a queen sized bed had been stolen from a room. Police initiated a case on the incident."  
May 16, 2013
Yes, it is Manic May-- one day feels like summer and the next day we are back in March.  The first cruise ship of the season surprised us all yesterday. It wasn't meant for Haines, as it was supposed... Read More...
May 12, 2013
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of '... Read More...
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...

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