Heather's Blog

Oct 31, 2016
First, some news. If you haven’t heard, there will be a special Haines Borough Assembly meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) in assembly chambers at 3pm to consider this resolution asking for a community wide... Read More...
Oct 30, 2016
A healthy society is one "in which people who orient around religion differently can disagree on some fundamental things and work together on other fundamental things...how do you have a society in... Read More...
Oct 27, 2016
I have been thinking about this line I shared with you from Garrison Keillor a few months back-- and how it resonates so well with both local and national politics right now: "Anger is poison. Meet... Read More...
Oct 25, 2016
This morning I had a note from a reader who recalled a poem I'd shared a while ago about kindness and empathy, that she knew ended with the word "bone", and how she needed to hear it again, but ... Read More...
Oct 17, 2016
Of course all anyone is talking about is the snow-- about a foot at our house-- and how could it have been such a surprise? My friend Leigh said she looked out the window and dropped her morning... Read More...
Oct 16, 2016
From "Angels", a poem by Mary Oliver: "I don't care how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. It's enough to know that for some people they exist, and that they dance." This weekend we... Read More...
Oct 12, 2016
It was 28 degrees this morning. Which means I  have to put the garden to bed. Now. Luckily it's so beautiful out that this is hardly a chore. Especially when I recall all those Octobers when I did... Read More...
Oct 10, 2016
In the women's locker room at the pool this morning at 6:30 there was, as usual, not a whole lot of talk, but enough to make a person feel better for rising early, scraping the frost off the car for... Read More...
Oct 09, 2016
“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to... Read More...
Oct 05, 2016
Dear Haines, Thank you! KHNS NEWS: In the six-way race for two Haines Borough Assembly seats, Heather Lende and Tom Morphet garnered the most votes. Preliminary election results show Lende with 483... Read More...
Oct 03, 2016
  Why did I decide to run for Haines Borough Assembly? As if I don't have enough going on? It's sort of a long story-- My husband and I came to Haines in early 1984 so he could work for the sawmill... Read More...
Oct 03, 2016
  In the last election, just 38% of the registered voters in Haines cast a ballot. Honestly, aren't we more engaged than that? I still think that voting in Alaska should be linked to our permanent... Read More...
Oct 03, 2016
  Today's to-do list: 9:15 Walk Pearl 10:30 Chat with the Alaska Broadcaster's Association about my keynote speech to them Nov. 10 11:00 Bring the fuchsias and geraniums in for the winter and if... Read More...
Oct 02, 2016
“Ten times a day something happens to me like this - some strengthening throb of amazement - some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that... Read More...
Sep 30, 2016
The North really showed off for the visit of the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge and the little prince and princess-- both day and night with sunny skies, golden leaves, and wild northern lights. It'... Read More...
Sep 28, 2016
There's a great line in Anne Tyler's novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, in which one of the characters, Red, a builder and now grandfather, declares that caller ID is like cheating-- It seems to me, he... Read More...
Sep 26, 2016
It's a kind of Goldilocks morning, what with Mama Bear and Baby Bear taking turns with which bed (of grass, in the back yard anyway) was the most comfortable last night. Fortunately Papa Bear was... Read More...
Sep 25, 2016
“One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native home of hope. When it fully learns that cooperation, not rugged individualism, is the quality that most characterizes and preserves it,... Read More...
Sep 21, 2016
Right after I wrote yesterday, Chip shot a moose. Number 17 in the Haines hunt. (They changed the board after checking us in.) The total will be 25, and that could be reached pretty soon. It... Read More...
Sep 20, 2016
There have been 14 moose taken in the hunt so far (at least as of last night according to the white board in the window of the Fish & Game office). We didn't get one of them, but, as Chip says,... Read More...
Sep 14, 2016
So, I am in a bit of trouble. The plumber arrived this morning to fix something in the basement that has to do with winter ventilation. The fan has been broken all summer, but needs to be working by... Read More...
Sep 12, 2016
Chip, my ever low key husband, who does not, as I do, love a good party, except with his family which he argues is plenty (and he has a point, there are enough of us that we are a crowd.. five kids... Read More...
Sep 11, 2016
I have spent two hours thumbing through books, searching folded pages and underlines, Googling around on love, loss, marriage, life-- to find a proper "thought" for Sunday 9-11. It's challenging.... Read More...
Sep 06, 2016
Chip rode 100 miles for his 60th birthday on Saturday. (As he said, 'What I'd really like for my birthday is for us to ride a 100 miles') I think I told you that already. Also, he won't be 60 until... Read More...
Sep 04, 2016
"As I grew older, I realized I only had questions. For a long time this made me feel vulnerable and afraid, and then suddenly, as though I'd reached a kind of emotional puberty, it made me feel... Read More...

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