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Feb 28, 2013
Go ahead, play in the snow-- here is a great little film of a sledding race set to the William Tell Overture by 23 year-old Haines filmmaker Kee Heywood.  (It's only a few minutes and will make you... Read More...
Feb 26, 2013
I think it was Edna Ferber (Giant author) who said the work of writing must be done, "sick or well", or, I might add,  if the muse sprinkles fairy dust or not. Recently, I had to write an artist's... Read More...
Feb 25, 2013
Here's a pretty picture taken this morning to thank you for all the notes about my ankle. I didn't mean to alarm you. I'm really fine. Sort of. I have the cold and flu thing that's going around, and... Read More...
Feb 24, 2013
Nora Ephron is at a private film screening. There are not enough seats for the crowd and more people keep arriving. The host suggests they double up and sit on laps. Nora observes all this with... Read More...
Feb 22, 2013
It's that happy dance, we have survived the worst of it,  kind of time. It's been raining on the beach and snowing in the mountains and there's more daylight here now than in Aruba. It's  light... Read More...
Feb 19, 2013
There were two pages of letters to the editor in the most recent paper, prompting my daughter so say, "It must be February." And two fires in 24 hours, which is odd,  the Horton's big shed caught... Read More...
Feb 17, 2013
It is Lent, and at our church we began the 40 day season of fasting, prayer, and spiritual reflection with a service this week on Ash Wednesday. We were reminded in the most graphic of ways that we... Read More...
Feb 15, 2013
The weather has been good for writing, and I'm worried that this early thaw cycle may mean winter won't last long enough to finish a pretty good third draft of my new book, Finding the Good, so I'm... Read More...
Feb 12, 2013
 Poet Mary Oliver says that what we must do with this wild and precious life we are given is simple: pay attention, be astonished, and tell about it. I am prepared to be astonished. I honestly am. It... Read More...
Feb 10, 2013
The Arts Council's  Northern Lights Showcase of local talent is tonight at 7:00 in the Chilkat Center lobby, not 6:00 as I previously noted- and as may be still floating around out there in other... Read More...
Feb 10, 2013
"We humans expect spiritual transformation to be instant. God does not have a magic wand. It's a long slow process to become all that God has intended us to become." Rev. Janice Hotze (Vicar, St.... Read More...
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...

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