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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...
May 25, 2011
Everywhere else is in the country this is Memorial Day Weekend, but here in Haines it is beer and salmon weekend. (We need to come up with a catchy name to market all of this. It slipped through the... Read More...
May 24, 2011
Everyone agreed it was a very good graduation. The Valedictorian, Abby Jones, who will be playing basketball at a community college in Washington next year, and who plans to major in education,... Read More...
May 21, 2011
"YHWH [Yaweh] is definitely a verb form. We can take comfort in the certain knowledge that God is a verb, not a noun or an adjective." - Thomas Cahill    
May 21, 2011
Start with an extra hour of sleep on Saturday morning, be sure the window is open so you can hear the crows and the gulls and the tide flowing past Pyramid Island. It helps if the sheets are old and... Read More...
May 20, 2011
 A beach walk with Auntie JJ (Joanna Jeanne) and Baby CC (Caroline  Cooper) and of course, Forte. Like Cher and Bono, the happy water dog has one name.  (Also, note grandma's blooming cherry tree.)... Read More...
May 20, 2011
The good news is that the paperback of Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs is a hit, and has made the Indie bookstores national bestseller list, (#39 this week) and the Pacific Northwest... Read More...
May 19, 2011
In real news, two young Haines artists have been given big awards.  Writer Rosie McGuire and artist Sarah Cohen both earned Rasmuson Foundation grants yesterday, congratulations! Rosie grew up at... Read More...
May 18, 2011
 My back is sore, my knees hurt, and at Morning Muscles yesterday the 8lb weights were a lot heavier than usual. It is spring, and that means digging, painted, pruning, burning and fixing stuff up.... Read More...
May 17, 2011
I wrote two obituaries for the Chilkat Valley News last week. Seamstress and homemaker Beverly Craig (70) died in Oregon, she and her husband Chauncey lived in Haines for many years before kidney... Read More...
May 16, 2011
 I was on my into the grocery store when I saw Doug Olerud come out of the sports shop next door with a hummingbird feeder and then prop the door wide open. I was just thinking about Doug, and what a... Read More...
May 15, 2011
 From a poem by Emily Dickinson: Eden is an old-fashioned house We dwell in everyday Without suspecting our abode Until we drive away
May 15, 2011
 A postcard from a walk with my dog Forte on the Chilkat flats in Hooligan season. (Hooligan, or is it Hooligans? Are a smelt-like fish that this year have run in the millions up the Chilkoot and... Read More...

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