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Aug 02, 2011
I am writing Pete's obituary today, so it was good to start the day with a little raspberry picking, watering the flower boxes, a walk on the beach with Phoebe and Forte, and some more raspberry... Read More...
Aug 01, 2011
We are all resting at our house after the Southeast Alaska State Fair, which we all agreed was one of the best, if not the best, in years. Dancing Friday night to the Curtis Delgado Chicago blues-... Read More...
Jul 31, 2011
From Raymond Carver's poem At Least:  "I hate to seem greedy-I have so much to be thankful for already. But I want to get up early one morning, at least. And go to my place with some coffee and wait... Read More...
Jul 28, 2011
  'Nuff said, for now. (More on this wonderful new public art -or is it poetry?- Recently installed at the dock, later.) It is time to bake a cake for the Hospice Booth at the Fair. The rain should... Read More...
Jul 27, 2011
 The change in the weather, it is cooler, windy and gray now- and may rain a little, has also brought a change in the mood around here. That, and the tragic death of just about everyone's friend... Read More...
Jul 24, 2011
 "You are no longer  strangers and sojourners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God."- Ephesians 2:19
Jul 22, 2011
 I'd tell you all kinds of things if it would just rain. We haven't had any all summer, which means I am so busy watering the garden every morning that I don't seem to have desk time. We didn't even... Read More...
Jul 21, 2011
There is something weird about seeing luxury liners tied up to the old Army dock, but also something thrilling. I remember when the first big ship arrived, it was called the Legend of the Seas and it... Read More...
Jul 20, 2011
 Here is the latest Woman's Day column--  I hope you like it. 
Jul 20, 2011
 Well, it is July and the garden, at least the part that has been watered, has exploded. Everything else is so dry the beach peas are crunchy under foot. I posted a few of these photos on facebook... Read More...
Jul 19, 2011
While Chilkat Valley News editor Tom Morphet pedals through europe this summer ( he was just in Champagne drinking champagne) the women running the paper are shaking things up media-wise. They have... Read More...
Jul 16, 2011
 From Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling and the subject of my MFA in creative writing thesis essay : "We cannot live without the earth or apart from it, and something is shriveled in a... Read More...
Jul 14, 2011
It was kind of a big night last night here at UAA in Anchorage. We had what they call a group dinner- a notch up from the cafeteria in a nicer room with hot food in chafing dishes on the buffet table... Read More...
Jul 12, 2011
I haven't had my coffee yet since there isn't any available here in my dorm room at UAA so please excuse any typos. I've been grabbing a cup on the way to the morning lecture at the Starbucks in the... Read More...
Jul 09, 2011
 I am in Anchorage, at the summer residency for UAA's MFA in creative writing program. I am here as a student. Tonight we saw a film featuring John Haines (no relation to Haines, AK.) , Alaska's most... Read More...
Jul 08, 2011
 I can't figure out how summer gets so busy (in a good kind of way.) Is it really July already? Papa Bob is still here, and my daughter is up from Juneau, so we are riding bikes at the crack of dawn... Read More...
Jul 06, 2011
 Last night at dinner Papa Bob, his lady friend, and my son debated the thrills of bungee jumping versus sky diving. Has Papa Bob been bungee jumping too? He didn't tell me this. (He will be 79 in... Read More...
Jul 03, 2011
 From Look and See  a poem by Mary Oliver: "Oh Lord, how shining and festive is your gift to us, if we only look, and see."    
Jul 02, 2011
I probably shouldn't have breakfast this morning since I'll be eating Fireman Al's Texas barbecue for lunch with everyone else in town down at the firehall. It's the Haines Volunteer Fire Department'... Read More...
Jun 30, 2011
 I spent yesterday afternoon at community radio station KHNS pitching for the annual fundraiser. The goal this year is 55,000 and we reached somewhere around 40,000 during the show (math is not my... Read More...
Jun 27, 2011
Here, we catch most of our fish with a net. Chip and I were up early Sunday and skipped church to catch five sockeye. It was slow, but a lovely morning to be out on the water, and we did get plenty... Read More...
Jun 26, 2011
It is the morning after a good wedding and our own 29th anniversary, so here's a verse from Leah Furnas's poem, The Longly-Weds Know - "That it isn't about the Golden Anniversary at all, But about... Read More...
Jun 24, 2011
This morning on our bike ride my husband said that drafting is the cycling equivalent of spooning. "It's so comfortable you don't want to leave." That was what I was thinking when he woke me up at... Read More...
Jun 23, 2011
Of course my camera battery was dead, so you can't see we women of Morning Muscles class all stretching and bending on our yoga mats in a circle in the sun at the end of the cruise ship dock. ( I was... Read More...
Jun 21, 2011
I have a busy day with two obituaries to write, and that always weighs a little heavy on my heart, as I think any passing of life should, but first I had to water the garden and let the chicks out... Read More...

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