Heather's Blog

Feb 07, 2013
Well, February is coming in like a Glacier Bear. Tonight at 7:00 the Debate, Drama and Forensics team host their always entertaining and filling dessert auction fundraiser for travel to the state... Read More...
Feb 05, 2013
Caller: Hi Heather, this is Senator Mark Begich. Me: No it's not. Who is this really? Caller: It's Mark Begich, your senator. Me: Is this John? Don, is that you? Funny. That's when the senator said... Read More...
Feb 04, 2013
 Yesterday morning three year-old Caroline and I attended the Presbyterian Church. She told her mother that she was going a new church, not the "Haines church where Nancy plays the piano."  Which is... Read More...
Feb 03, 2013
  "To me, faith is not very dependent on understanding. It is, rather, a decision about where I will put my life's energy. I choose to live with reference to God. So the question of faith is not so... Read More...
Feb 01, 2013
At about 9:30 this morning Chip came back from work-- he had forgotten his empty growler for the brewery-- it must be Friday. It also must be February, as we now have 8 hours of daylight (and much... Read More...
Jan 30, 2013
Caroline (now three) and I took advantage of the weather and cleaned my closet yesterday. About halfway through the sorting, tossing, Salvation Army pile, and dusting, I said this was a terrible... Read More...
Jan 29, 2013
Last night the basketball games were crowded, no matter if it was a school and work night and skin could freeze walking (well, creeping, the ice is so hard to see) across the parking lot. Tim is... Read More...
Jan 28, 2013
  It is really bad form to complain that Florida was a little on the cold side when it's minus one and blowing fifty in Haines.  (Here we northerners are shell-combing on an empty Gulf beach on a... Read More...
Jan 07, 2013
I am doing something wrong and unethical and maybe illegal-- but totally by accident, I might add. While Chip and his mom watch the Notre Dame game (his cousin taught there, so they are our team... Read More...
Jan 04, 2013
There's that moment each year when you write the new date on a thank-you note or a check and can't quite believe it: 1-3-13. 2013? Really? I need to take down my December calendars too. The tree is... Read More...
Dec 31, 2012
Here are two things I'm not going to do in 2013 (or ever): The Polar Bear swim at the Port Chilkoot Beach Jan. 1 (call Greg Podsiki for details) and para-glide off Mt. Ripinsky like the fellow my... Read More...
Dec 30, 2012
All Advent we sang, "O come, O come Emmanuel". Emmanuel, another word for Jesus, means God with us. Why is this old story of the baby in a manger, shepherds, kings and a bright star still told? How... Read More...
Dec 28, 2012
My neighbor sent a text my way the other night saying she would drive to Morning Muscles,  and when I thumbed back to her that we didn't have exercise class until January 3rd, I could hear her groan... Read More...
Dec 26, 2012
I know, I should be writing something sweet and funny, but it seems every time I head to my desk a child, grandchild, relative, neighbor, or friend shows up  or calls on the phone.  Must be the... Read More...
Dec 25, 2012
Now it's time to turn off the computer, stuff the turkey,  switch on some carols, open the gifts, and wish you-- and family, friends, pets, and the whole wide world a very Merry Christmas, and most... Read More...
Dec 24, 2012
 
Dec 22, 2012
The house is filling up, and so are the fridge and the pantry. I still have to wrap a few things, and even do a little last minute shopping- but I figure if I can't get it in Haines, I don't need it... Read More...
Dec 21, 2012
Once a year I bake Grandma Smith's sour cream coffee cake. We have it every Christmas morning. That means I've done it for thirty years now. (Before that my mother did)-- And once a year, about this... Read More...
Dec 19, 2012
  It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and feel like it, with the tree up and fresh snow, and cards and gifts arriving daily in the mail. The Post Office crew reminds everyone to please pick... Read More...
Dec 17, 2012
From walking on the beach in the beautiful dusky dawn of these short December days, a family breakfast, the Snow Dragon and parade with Pizza Joe and the Uglys Gifts for Grub dinner, to the Holly... Read More...
Dec 16, 2012
When I heard what happened in Connecticut I couldn't breathe. All those innocent little children,  and good school teachers killed-- two of my daughters are elementary teachers-- and now more details... Read More...
Dec 13, 2012
The safety elves at the Post Office have covered all the high traffic areas of the linoleum floor in mats, so you can keep your grippers on. (And done a heck of a job decorating, too.)  And the... Read More...
Dec 13, 2012
 Oh my, be careful out there-- the rain and wind has made slick smooth ice everywhere, except I suppose the rink, which will take a few days to recover once the temperatures drop again (they say... Read More...
Dec 12, 2012
My husband decided to trim the porches with lights yesterday. It involved loud swearing, wire clippers, duct tape, a metal ladder, barking dogs, and cold hands. At dinner I did not say that the... Read More...
Dec 11, 2012
It felt so warm that I opened the windows to air out the house this morning. I closed them fairly quickly, with heating fuel at 5 dollars a gallon and the wood pile shrinking at an alarming rate... Read More...

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