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Apr 01, 2011
 Alaska has the shameful distinction of being in the top five states when it comes to domestic violence and child abuse. Governor Sean Parnell wants to change that, and has encouraged Choose Respect... Read More...
Apr 01, 2011
The April 17 issue of Woman's Day includes my column "Sing as One" about the Haines A Cappella Women's Choir. One song I mention, Emily Dickinson's poem "Hope" set to an Irish melody by our director... Read More...
Mar 31, 2011
I have been helping a little ( a very little, Beth does it all, I think) with the Hospice of Haines newsletter, and reviewed an article in the January 24th Time magazine by Ruth Davis Konigsberg... Read More...
Mar 30, 2011
I don't think you could have fit another person in the school last night for the Haines People for Peace Japan disaster relief fundraiser - billed as a modest Japanese dinner with immodest desserts... Read More...
Mar 29, 2011
Yesterday next winter's firewood arrived. Like the photo essay on waiting for coffee, here is another celebrating shopping locally, and why it's important. I'll try to do these sort of regularly... Read More...
Mar 28, 2011
Well, the Merchants lost, 101-84 against Angoon, but Tyler Healy, Andrew Friske and Jesse McGraw made the all-tourney team and just playing in the championship game at Gold Medal is a big deal. Also... Read More...
Mar 27, 2011
     
Mar 26, 2011
 From Emily Dickinson's  poem #1176: We'll never know how high we are Till we are asked to rise And then if we are true to plan Our statures touch the skies--
Mar 26, 2011
In yoga this week, the instructor, Nancy, began the practice announcing that she had good news and bad news. There was a worried silence. Then she asked which we'd like first. Some said the bad, some... Read More...
Mar 22, 2011
In other news, tomorrow night at the Elks Lodge (5-8) there will be a fundraising dinner for Faith Touhy. Dianne Nelson said Faith has been under going chemo treatments for  breast cancer, and has... Read More...
Mar 22, 2011
It's spring break at the school this week and the Haines Venturer Scouts are in Ecuador climbing mountains and riding bikes.  Their last big trip was to Africa where they climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. (... Read More...
Mar 19, 2011
From Annie Dillard's The Writing Life:  Admire the world for never ending on you- as you would admire an opponent, without taking your eyes from him, or walking away.
Mar 19, 2011
It usually takes the ravens, magpies and eagles a day to pick a deer carcass clean down to a pile of fur. They even eat the hide. But the gutted sleeper shark liver remains intact- as is all the... Read More...
Mar 18, 2011
Well, as you can imagine there was high excitement on the beach yesterday ( and lots of spring sunshine ) what with a shark and all. Bears, moose, wolves, coyotes, seals, sea-lions, hawks, eagles--... Read More...
Mar 17, 2011
Here's what Forte and I found this morning on our walk...   Cue the jaws music. It is a shark, about eight feet long. The blood is from the ravens and eagles picking on it. (It is quite dead.) Chip... Read More...
Mar 16, 2011
 Willa Cather wrote that winter hangs on too long in country towns-- "until it is stale and shabby,old and sullen." Which pretty sums up the mood around here, although yesterday's 29 degrees sure... Read More...
Mar 15, 2011
The good thing about having forty people over for dinner is that it makes you clean the house, and after all winter mine could use it. I mean, it looked okay, but a white glove test would not be good... Read More...
Mar 14, 2011
 At Roger Potter's funeral Saturday in the Port Chilkoot Bible Church we sang old fashioned hymns, "What a Friend we Have in Jesus," "I'll Fly Away," and of course, "Amazing Grace." (Read his... Read More...
Mar 12, 2011
 From Rose Macaulay- "Only one hour in a the normal day is more pleasurable than the hour spent in bed with  a book before going to sleep, and that is the hour spent in bed with a book after being... Read More...
Mar 11, 2011
In response some mail I've had, this is a note for folks from far away who are curious about Haines and the Gold Rush Alaska TV show. An article in last week's Chilkat Valley News sums up what's... Read More...
Mar 10, 2011
Here's the new Woman's Day column. If you haven't picked up a Woman's Day lately, (or perhaps ever, except the doctor's office), you really should. It's not your mother's magazine anymore.  There are... Read More...
Mar 10, 2011
I remain with my nose to the laptop, frantically trying to complete my MFA in creative writing requirements by April 1. (The deadline was a big surprise, we thought we had until the end of May, or... Read More...
Mar 08, 2011
 There were 18 women in yoga yesterday. The month long, twice a week class is for beginners,  and people like me who like a little instruction in a gentle environment. As the teacher Nancy says, yoga... Read More...
Mar 07, 2011
Another photo-essay.             Also, of you haven't read last week's Alaska Dispatch column about dogs, and hiking, sort of, here it is.   
Mar 07, 2011
The girls basketball team didn't make it to state, but they played  a great game against Petersburg to play Sitka, which they lost, ending up third in the region. The Lady Glacier Bears stayed with... Read More...

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