Heather's Blog

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...
Jun 19, 2011
In honor of the 19th annual Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay, which a Lende family team ( and 1175 other cyclists from Alaska and the Yukon ) completed with flying colors yesterday: "Every... Read More...
Jun 17, 2011
Lyndsey brought her bird Gus for dinner last night. He's a wild bird, and none of us could say for sure what kind, even with the Sibley's bird book, because he ( I suspect she, actually, because of... Read More...
Jun 16, 2011
 At Morning Muscles early this morning at the Chilkat Center (6-7) the ladies welcomed me back. I'd been gone a fair bit this spring, to Ketchikan, Skagway and then Homer. My friend Anne Marie, who... Read More...
Jun 14, 2011
I was in a coffee shop cabin (it was made of logs, very small, maybe 10X12, with a lot of varnish, halogen lighting and a pretty barista behind a chrome and enamel espresso console that looked a... Read More...
Jun 11, 2011
A poem from the keynote speaker here at the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference, Rita Dove from her book On The Bus With Rosa Parks Dawn Revisted Imagine you wake up with a second chance: The blue jay... Read More...
Jun 11, 2011
So I am at Land's End, a hotel at the end of the 4.5 mile Homer spit, attending the tenth annual Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference, with a lot of heavy hitters. Fran Ulmer is here ( the female Alaska... Read More...
Jun 10, 2011
At 5:30 AM, on our way to the airport, (I'm off to Homer), we were the only car on the narrow downtown Juneau street near the state capital building, when a man flagged us down. He wanted to know if... Read More...
Jun 09, 2011
Papa Bob, aka "Macho Man" has a subscription to Woman's Day now. I'm glad, because that means he read this Father's Day column. It is a gray windy day, but clear enough for me to fly in a few hours... Read More...
Jun 09, 2011
 Yesterday,  I was running errands-- I went to the library, signed some books at the Babbling Book, mailed a letter, and grocery shopped. My last stop was Dejon Delights to buy some of that derby... Read More...
Jun 07, 2011
Went to the Keller Williams concert last night at the Chilkat Center. He looked about 25, wore khaki pants, a polo shirt, and bare feet, and danced and sang around the stage with a mop of brown hair... Read More...
Jun 06, 2011
 I've been in Skagway a few days at the North Words Writers' conference with some of my favorite Alaska writers and authors, including Sitka's John Straley. If you haven't met his unlikely southeast... Read More...
Jun 01, 2011
These are bicycling days. Sunny and warm with roads banked with mounds of bright yellow dandelions.  My oldest daughter was here for a few days  from Juneau and we pedaled all over the place. It's... Read More...
May 31, 2011
 It is like there has been a good kind of explosion around here, spring is busting out all over. All five kids are home, which means so many dishes,  the fruit bowl is empty, and so many big people,... Read More...
May 30, 2011
First, you have to understand that in the early spring you cannot buy fresh king salmon in Haines. The only way to get it is with a rod and reel and putting about for hours in a  slow boat. Second,... Read More...
May 28, 2011
 From Gil Scott-Heron, as quoted in his obituary yesterday: "If we meet somebody who has never made a mistake, let's help them start a religion. Until then, we're just going to meet other humans and... Read More...
May 28, 2011
 I had a nice email this morning from a woman in Florida who has read my books and now reads the Chilkat Valley News and recently blogged about us-- here is the link, and a picture of  the now famous... Read More...
May 26, 2011
Getting ready for the cruise ship season in Fort Seward with a new sign for an old business, Dejon Delights salmon smokery.  That's the owner, Daymond Hoffman in the cap, his mother started the... Read More...

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