Heather's Blog

Apr 06, 2012
You bet it is. This morning my Tlingit big game hunting guide friend called and asked, as usual, what the weather was doing at my house, and I told him the daffodils were blooming. I say that... Read More...
Apr 05, 2012
Today begins a kind of marathon church session for some of us, with Maundy Thursday services tonight, Good Friday tomorrow evening, the Easter Vigil Saturday night at 10, and then Sunday morning... Read More...
Apr 03, 2012
It's a little slow around here this morning, since the guy who usually wakes us all up slept in. Chip had to go to the ferry last night about midnight to help other Arts Council members pick up the... Read More...
Apr 01, 2012
"Now thank we all our God, with heart, and hands, and voices, who wondrous things things hath done, in whom his world rejoices."-- Words to the hymn Nun danket alle Gott,  by Martin Rinckart (1596-... Read More...
Mar 30, 2012
 I have a to-do list a mile long before I babysit Caroline after lunch-- and you should make your list of stuff happening in Haines too, if you are here,  so you don't miss anything--and if you are... Read More...
Mar 29, 2012
Here is the thing: There is nothing like the mess of small  children.  Hurricanes have nothing on them. The boots  askew on the floor. The little coats and hats and suits draped on tables and chairs... Read More...
Mar 28, 2012
 I have been a little stuck lately on my new book. (Okay, I've threatened to give the advance back and apply for a job at the pre-school.) No, this in not writer's block. I don't believe in that. It... Read More...
Mar 27, 2012
Last night we looked at the moons of Jupiter. We could see them up over the white mountains, in the deep blue sky, lined up at an angle, just like the pictures of the planets we looked at in school... Read More...
Mar 26, 2012
Yes, the pensive Spring sunshine warmed us yesterday, but today we are back to the very punctual snow. The latest 2.1 inches puts us over the 30 feet mark for the winter, and it is still snowing. At... Read More...
Mar 24, 2012
 "No one suspects the days to be gods." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mar 24, 2012
I spent most of my thirties and forties moving as fast as I could-- running, cycling, snowshoing-- and rearing five children. Then at 45 I was hit by a truck, which slowed me down in lots of ways.... Read More...
Mar 21, 2012
I have been helping an elderly friend of mine with her obituary. (She'll be 89 next month.) She is very artsy and intelligent and loves opera, literature, and especially Shakespeare. She also... Read More...
Mar 20, 2012
Happy first day of Spring! We now have as much daylight as Mexico, and gaining, and when the sun shines, the wind stops blowing, it's warm enough to ski in shirt sleeves, and your friends are singing... Read More...
Mar 18, 2012
In, Out, Deep, Slow, Calm, Ease, Smile, Release, Present moment, Wonderful moment. Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh recommends using this gatha, or meditative prayer, when walking, by matching the steps... Read More...
Mar 16, 2012
Spring break begins this afternoon at 2pm. And it is snowing, again. (In choir last night we learned that we are just three inches from 30 feet.) "It's not powdered sugar," JJ said this morning... Read More...
Mar 15, 2012
The young man who was injured in the avalanche that took the life of his guide has died. He was 26 years old and his friends say the Californian was a real nice kid  who smiled often. It was hard to... Read More...
Mar 14, 2012
Everyone in town was talking about the accident yesterday, an avalanche that killed a 35-year-old Colorado heli-ski guide and badly injured a client, apparently, although news on the survivor is... Read More...
Mar 12, 2012
 Algonquin Books, my wonderful publisher (I mean that, they are great) has just jumped into the ebook world. I have mixed feelings about this, as I  am a real book person. I love holding them,... Read More...
Mar 11, 2012
Mary Oliver wrote, "Real prayers are not the words, but the attention that comes first." I think the same is true of gratitude. It is not in the saying of "thank you," of course that is always nice,... Read More...
Mar 10, 2012
 As you can imagine, it has been a little busy around here. What with the baby being born, Chip's trip to see Grandma Joanne in Florida, Eliza is here now too taking the wilderness medicine class... Read More...
Mar 07, 2012
Well, this sure is good news for heliskiers-- and for the keepers of the record books--  Winter Storm Warning URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE   HAINES BOROUGH AND LYNN CANAL- INCLUDING THE CITY OF... Read More...
Mar 06, 2012
It is hard to believe that it has only been a week since I left for Sitka with a hunch that the baby was coming-- and now we are home safe with her. The ferry arrived at 4:30 this morning.  (Chip is... Read More...
Mar 06, 2012
I was interviewed for Alaska Entrepreneur recently, and here's the story, on the business of writing. (Don't laugh.) 
Mar 03, 2012
 It was snowing some in Sitka by the sea on your first afternoon, and the lights were off up on the second floor hospital maternity ward, or as the sign says in Tlingit, the Place Where Babies are... Read More...

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