Heather's Blog

Feb 10, 2012
 The sounds of the morning drift up the stairs: "Hey, stop chewing on my shoe-- it is on my foot, ouch, ouch!" "Hey let go of my sock." "Hey, that's my library book." "That's the coffee table not a... Read More...
Feb 09, 2012
Chip, JJ, and I are all living together these days while she student teaches in the kindergarten. Our daughter calls us "the three best friends." She's joking, sort of. Chip and JJ are both adept at... Read More...
Feb 08, 2012
The Chilkat Valley News has put both feet into the digital media era with a brand new and improved e-paper that is now getting up and running. (There may still be a few kinks so be patient.) There... Read More...
Feb 08, 2012
This morning Pearl tugged off the last of the frayed lining of a seat cushion that several dogs before her have torn, so my husband, the helpful Ace Hardware man repaired it with  an old stained... Read More...
Feb 07, 2012
 I have been working on an obituary for Helen Fenn. She was 98 when she died last week at the Sitka Pioneer Home. Helen was born on a homestead three miles from the Clifton train station in Colorado... Read More...
Feb 06, 2012
I'm on puppy time these days. Eat, "go," play, nap, and repeat. Which means I haven't been keeping you updated, much. I apologize. I have to spend the moments I can steal during nap time to write the... Read More...
Feb 04, 2012
 When you feel lousy, puppy therapy is indicated.--Sara Paretsky  
Feb 03, 2012
Pearl is getting a lot of attention. My friend Sabine gave her two tubs of homemade food, one of beef and vegetables and another of salmon and oats. She really likes it, and so does Phoebe, the... Read More...
Feb 02, 2012
 I feel like a new woman this morning. I am sort of back to work after three days of doing "nothing"-- except hanging out with a sick toddler and a brand new puppy. It has been a long time since I... Read More...
Jan 30, 2012
 What am I crazy? Housebreaking a Golden Retriever puppy in the winter? THIS winter? What was I thinking? But oh my, she is so perfect I just keep smiling.  Even after a long day with an ill two-year... Read More...
Jan 26, 2012
 My daughter JJ is back home for the semester student teaching in the Haines kindergarten before she receives her degree in May. She calls us "the three best friends." We have been snowshoeing or... Read More...
Jan 25, 2012
  (There is a house in there...) What's a person to do but enjoy it?  
Jan 24, 2012
Here is the difference between November and January: In November when it snows a foot we cancel 6am Morning Muscles class. In January, we look out the window, pull on our boots and coats, take a... Read More...
Jan 23, 2012
The Haines Borough has been posting updates on the ground motion issues on the Lutak Road hill on the borough website. It is the best source of information on this developing Haines story. 
Jan 23, 2012
Okay, so that is not news. It was pretty funny though, when the sun rose yesterday and we once again couldn't see the chicken coop. Then my neighbor Betty called to tell me it was waist deep at her... Read More...
Jan 21, 2012
From Unless it Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing, by Roger Rosenblatt: "Everything contains significance. But some significances are more equal than others. The writers whom we... Read More...
Jan 20, 2012
 I know we've just had the wedding a week ago, and we are all very happy-- but this just-published January Woman's Day column was writtten back when things were in limbo.   
Jan 20, 2012
First, the weather. My fellow Mud Bay Roaders, we have made the news: ...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM AKST SATURDAY...LOCALLY VERY WINDY ALONG LYNN CANAL...ESPECIALLY ON MUD BAY... Read More...
Jan 19, 2012
 Yesterday my daughter JJ (she's student-teaching this semester in the Haines School and graduates from UAA in May) and I checked out the "ground failure" situation on Oceanview Drive and Lutak Road... Read More...
Jan 17, 2012
 A daughter's wedding Friday, a granddaughter's second birthday party Sunday, and Monday night an Arts Council potluck for "Asteria," a husband and wife duo from Brooklyn who play the lute and sing... Read More...
Jan 14, 2012
Instead of Sunday's Thought this week, I thought you might like the poem I wrote for my daughter's wedding on Friday the 13th. It was lovely, and we are all very happy and very tired. (In a good way... Read More...
Jan 11, 2012
I keep reminding myself that snow is not news in Alaska. But little Cordova down in Prince William Sound is all over the national papers, radio, and even TV. They have had 15.5 feet of snow this... Read More...
Jan 09, 2012
It's a big week. JJ has her first day of kindergarten today. She was up early, ate poached eggs, packed a pumpkin muffin for her snack, and wore her favorite dress with tights and boots and a warm... Read More...
Jan 07, 2012
From the novel Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese: "God will judge us, Mr. Harris, by"--her voice broke as she thought of Sister Mary Joseph Praise-- "by what we do to relieve the suffering of our... Read More...
Jan 07, 2012
It was so great to see my friend Nancy on Gold Rush Alaska last night (that would be Parker's mother) speaking for all mothers when she tells 17 year-old Parker to straighten up. This is why she is... Read More...

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